Rana, Mara, and Bambi in the Morning

Some mornings we are met with greeting parties from the elephants. The girls can be vocal in the early hours, and this particular video was taken a little past sunrise. While Guille and Maia were walking down the fence line toward them, Rana, Mara, and Bambi stopped by to express “good morning” in their own unique ways – and their silliness carried on through breakfast time. 

You can see that Rana’s fuzzy tail is sticking out which, in this case, shows that she’s in a cheerful mood. For a moment, Mara offers her foot to Rana, which is a playful thing that she once did often, and we are starting to see her do again. Throughout the experience, Bambi is making her deep rumbles to signify contentment; Rana joins in with some rumbles of her own – and Mara makes all of the noises in between. Even on the sleepiest of mornings, there’s nothing like a lively elephant welcome to wake you up.


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    Sue says

    Oh my gosh, thank you! This is the most wonderful Christmas present I could ask for, filled with rumbles and squeaks and closeups!! I never tire of seeing their lovely eyes up close, such an honor. Thank you again for the post! Love and Hugs!! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Pam says

    What a great way to start the day. Thank you, girls. Thank you, Scott. Love those rumblings.

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    Luanne L Schick says

    Sounds of contentment, security. All precious elephants 🐘 should live this life of freedom.

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    Patricia says

    I run out of superlatives! I wish I spoke elephant! All their vocalizations are fascinating and adorable. It was nice to see a beautiful blue sky; rain seems to be forecasted most days. Merry Christmas, everyone, and endless blessings to you all! 🥰🎄😘

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    I love it when the girls are noisy!!!

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    debbie zick says

    wonderful. thank you

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    John says

    I’d love the translation for all of these noises……… “Hi, nice morning, eh? Do you have any goodies for us amazing and beautiful elephants?”

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    Lori Hoover says

    The description is perfect, I don’t even need to watch the video,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I will, of course, LOLOL

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    Bonnie says

    That was something they have such pretty eyes and those eyelashes are long it’s so nice to see happy Animals you all at the Sanctuary are just amazing and Thank you for everything you all do for these girls

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    Wim says

    Nicest, wake up sounds one can imagine.
    Building bridges every day.

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