Rana has been spending more time a bit off to the side recently. We suspect it’s at least partially due to boredom and partially food motivation.
Bambi is very focused on Mara right now so they are “two peas in a pod.” They will spend two hours in the mud wallow splashing and then go directly to the pond where they spend two more hours splashing. Rana enjoys those activities as well, but she also embraces other aspects of the sanctuary.
When Mara and Bambi stay in one location for too long, Rana seems to get bored and walks away. She generally doesn’t go too far – just a few hundred yards or meters away. She’ll wander as she grazes instead of standing in one spot and grazing like Mara and Bambi tend to do. Since they frequent and thin out the same grassy spots fairly often, they have to step away a bit for premium grazing.
Bambi appears content to stand still and watch Mara for indefinite periods of time. When Bambi seems to get bored watching Mara, she will walk across the field over to Rana. There the two usually have a mini-party and act a little silly. Sometimes, when they are having a celebration, Mara will decide to walk over and join; other times, she stays right where she is.
This setup seems to work well for their very individual personalities and gives everyone a bit of a break when they need it. Sometimes Rana will wander a bit further from them, but she is always within listening distance – especially with Bambi’s deep rumbles. A reunion is just a call away.