Mara spent the day playing in the mud wallow, and Rana has been in the cutest mood. We aren’t sure why, but she has been super cheeky and smiley all day. Just like the rest of us, some days are great days for no apparent reason. Bambi was in Yard 2, and Rana spent some time hanging out near the fence. Bambi spent a lot of time touching Rana’s head, while Rana just stood there, leaning on the fence with a giant smile on her face. Rana’s happy mood has somehow made her extra charming today. We didn’t even know it was possible.
Photo of Rana with Mara in the background.
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John saysDecember 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Oh Ranabug! You’re too much. Thanks for teaching me about how to be a better human being and get more out of life.
Debbie Sides saysDecember 26, 2020 at 12:55 pm
I love their smiles. Rana bug is even cuter with a smile!
Vicky saysDecember 26, 2020 at 1:15 pm
This so makes my day! I always think that I can’t love Rana more than I do, yet it always seems to happen. She is just the sweetest girl-I am so proud of her.
Patricia Hunt saysDecember 26, 2020 at 1:38 pm
With all my heart!
Nancy Shaw saysDecember 26, 2020 at 2:05 pm
bo saysDecember 26, 2020 at 3:01 pm
Cute, Charming…and a little Cheeky.
3 words with a c that describe elephants in general perhaps ? 🙂
Love the photo, it might has to do with the angle but they both look a little extra Cheeky, as if they both think
“Ok girl, let’s pose and put on our most innocent face and then let’s continue to be Cheeky, these humans won’t know…” 🙂
Carol saysDecember 26, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Gramma Tammy saysDecember 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Look at these cute lil ladies dont ya just wanna give em a super big smooch and a giant hug? They are so amazing in their photos can only imagine what they are like in person, I would never want to leave would throughly enjoy soaking in every precious moment like you all do! ? ? ? ?
SHEILA saysDecember 26, 2020 at 7:51 pm
LOVELY LOVELY ? RANA❤️?. SHES SUCH A SWEET LADY!! IM SURE SHE HAS MANY DAYS SHES SO ENDEARING WITH HER YOUNGER GIRL FRIEND HERD! THAT ?BAMBI IS IS HILARIOUS GAL WITHIN HERSELF AND I THINK RANA ENJOYS HER COMPANY AS ?MARA IS NOT FEELING SO WELL WITH HER INTESTINAL ISSUES? SO I THINK ITS NATURAL THAT RANA IS GOING TO GRAVITATE TO A FUN FRIEND‼️ I THINK NOT UNLIKE HUMANS LOOKING FOR GOOD HUMOUR AND FUN OCCASIONALLY!?. SURE WISH U HAD A VIDEO OF THESE FUNNING GALS?
Angelina saysDecember 26, 2020 at 8:11 pm
Sounds like she was very happy about Bambi. Maybe the two discussing facial skin and how Bambi wants her face to look like Rana’s and wanted to know what it felt like. Her skin is coming along nicely but isn’t quite there yet, right?
But, maybe it was the other way around. Or both. Or just nothing in particular.
A question. How do orphaned baby elephants know to dust and take mud baths? Is it something that keepers and carers need to teach them?
Kat Blais saysDecember 27, 2020 at 9:36 am
Bambi’s skin is much improved since her arrival, but she still has a few dry patches. As far as orphan elephants, so much of that is instinctual. But they also learn many things from watching the older elephant’s behaviors. Other elephants can always teach things and help in ways we cannot. 🙂
Marcia saysDecember 26, 2020 at 9:32 pm
This short but powerful little story makes me so happy. These creatures are really “therapy elephants” for us around the world, and they don’t even realize it. If they only knew… Thank you for taking the time to bring us these vivid moments.
Sallie saysDecember 27, 2020 at 12:17 am
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE SMILING SWEET ELEPHANTS, IN THEIR OWN LITTLE WORLDS! HAPPINESS SPREADS HAPPINESS! AND WHAT IS SO WONDERFUL, IS HOW MUCH THEY APPRECIATE EACH OTHER. THANK YOU, RANA!
Rosie P saysDecember 27, 2020 at 2:41 am
The joy of simply being in the moment. Dear Rana, you give me so much pleasure just knowing you are happy and relaxed and living your life as you wish to. We can learn so much from you and your kind.
As we move into 2021 we look to your herd increasing, more friendships to make and more of those smiles, sweet angel. Virtual hugs for you and for every living being at ESB.
Wim saysDecember 27, 2020 at 3:13 am
Rana must be the biggest angel I’ve ever laid.eyes on. Hope her happiness sticks to her like a mud bath. ??
Sunny saysDecember 27, 2020 at 2:13 pm
Rana the sweetest thing ?
Andrew Pearson saysDecember 28, 2020 at 2:49 am
Elephants such as Bambi and Rana shows us how simple actions like stroking Rana can convey to an Elephant you are special and loved .
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