Sometimes after we put snacks out into the habitat, some of the girls become what we refer to as “land sharks,” headed straight toward the food. What you see in this video is Rana’s particular technique for this. She’s more sly in her approach than the others; she likes to pretend that she’s not headed straight for you, when she actually is. She walks past you, then turns and walks directly toward you. This isn’t an aggressive move on her part. Rana just likes to be close, but she uses this method to try to get near to you without being obvious about it.
Of course, because we use protected contact, she can only get so proximate. The camera is zoomed in here, so she looks to be closer than she actually is and the video ends when Scott has to drive away on the 4-wheeler to maintain a safe distance. Rana is a clever girl who uses a slow pace to try to get near the food – and sometimes near you – in the most charming of ways.