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Rana Shares Space With Maia and Bambi

After Bambi, Maia, Mara, and Rana spent a part of the evening in Yard 1 as a foursome, Maia and Bambi ended up going back into Yard 5, while the other two elephants stayed in the yards near the barn. They all remained in their spots overnight. At one point the next day, Rana found Maia and Bambi. She may have sought them out in an attempt to do one of the things she’s best at: acting as a chameleon-like elephant who gives others what they need. 

Rana walked toward Maia and Bambi but didn’t go all the way over to them. Instead, she brought some hay to snack on and stopped about 30 yards away, then just ate her hay while facing them. It’s possible that the three were talking, since we know that elephants communicate in ways that we don’t always understand. Rana stayed in that spot for about 10 minutes before the other two girls walked over to her. The three of them spent part of the morning together and it was quite calm and relaxed. 

It’s possible that Rana is picking up on Bambi’s hesitancy to be approached, both because of the current changing relationship dynamics and because of her compromised eyesight. Rana took a similar approach with Lady; she would just find a place to stand and let Lady decide what her comfort level would be that day. Rana may have been letting Bambi decide on her own comfort level and how she wanted to react. There was no reluctance to hang out with Rana when she was on her own. She likely knows the role she needs to play to keep communication lines open among members of the herd. 

Photo of Maia and Bambi grazing under a blue sky

Comments(6)

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    Sheila says

    Nice. matriarch Rana. Loves everyone and wants all the ladies to be sister’s. I’m sure Maia and Bambi told Rana that MARA PUSHED HER AWAY. SADLY. WELL THE STORY IS YET TO BE CONTINUED AS I BELIVE BAMBI WILL GET ABIT FRIENDLY WITH MARA. BUT BAMBIS HEART IS BROKEN BECAUSE SHE SO LOVED MARA AND EAS GLUED TO MARA FIR A FEW YRS. SWEET BAMBI IM DO SAD UR LOOSING UR SIGHT😪 U WERE SUCH A VIBRANT FUNNY BIG LADY WE HAD SONE GOOD BAMBI ANTCS 😃 LAUGHS. PLEASE STAY CLOSE IS MAIA. LOVE AND SUPPORT. BUT TALK TO MARA ABOUT HER OFFENCE TO U. HOPE UR DAYS ROAMING WITH MAIA R 👍 GREAT

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    Patricia says

    Smoochies to everybody! xoxoxo

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    Sue says

    RanaBug is amazing and endearing. It is incredible to watch her seemingly empathic abilities and, as you said, be able to give the other Girls what they need. The communication that occurs under our human radar between them all is really fascinating and their relationships are so much more complicated than I would ever have imagined. Thank you for sharing your invaluable observations and allowing me to continue learning! Love and Hugs ❤️🐘❤️

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    Terry says

    Rana is so amazingly tuned in. She is such a great ” herd model”. I love her and her wisdom and compassion.

    I have a GSE calendar and since this is memory month I want to say thank you to Ramba, Guida, and Pocha for touching my life with your beauty! Great gratitude to 3 amazing beings!

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Rana just being Rana. The faithful friend and peace maker to all. Thank you GSE for your wonderful communication regarding the girls everyday activities. It is so interesting to watch their evolving relationships with their sisters.🐘❤️🐘

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    alana says

    Rana the magnificent!

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