Now that Mara’s appetite is healthier and she is eating nicely at regular mealtimes, we no longer come down late at night for an extra feeding. However, as we’ve mentioned, we do leave her a few evening snack piles throughout the habitat. But it seems that Bambi and Maia are not the only sanctuary animals who have discovered that Mara gets after-dinner food.
George the tapir and a few other critters have learned that there are some “bonus” meals in the yard and that, if they are quick enough, the food could be theirs. On a recent evening, George found a pile of hay and produce left for Mara, but didn’t finish his bit of thievery before Mara and Bambi returned back to pasture from dinner.
Bambi was walking along contentedly, kicking up a bit of dust on the way… when she spotted George. She behaved very well, considering how fun it seems to be for her to chase George – but she still kicked quite a bit of dirt his way and made a little fuss. Bambi gave him a bit of a half-hearted run, but gave up pretty quickly. George seemed unfazed and eventually walked off casually. While this was going on, we saw a fox and a little deer sneaking off behind them all after picking up a few treats for themselves.
Photos of Bambi chasing George and the sly George with his bounty.
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Debbie Sides saysJuly 18, 2021 at 3:14 pm
How lovely that everyone seems to get some extra left in the habitat. Such a beautiful place.
Beji saysJuly 18, 2021 at 3:52 pm
Snack attack for all the critters, big and small!
Katie Howard saysJuly 18, 2021 at 4:38 pm
Too funny! Love the photos!
Joy Ellouise Taylor saysJuly 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm
Bambi is quite the happy character!
Carol saysJuly 18, 2021 at 5:15 pm
How do I love these daily posts/updates…let me count the ways!!!💗💗💗💗💗
SHEILA saysJuly 18, 2021 at 8:13 pm
OH REALLY FUNNY! BIG ❤️🐘BAMBI CHASING GEORGE😍😄🙃
I CAN JUST IMAGINE THE FREIGHT GEORGE WAS FEELING
WHEN THE BIG GIRL WAS CHASING HIM❗️WELL IT SEEMS THERE ARE ALOT OF FOOD POACHERS THAN MAIA 🐘AND RANA🐘. BUT I GUESS IT OPEN FOR WHOMEVER IF THEY FIND FIND THE TREATS‼️ MAYBE MARA 🐘IS NOT FAST ENOUGH LOOKING FOR THE PILES OF TREATS AND PERHAPS GEORGE 👀AND OTHERS ARE WATCHING THE QUAD DROPPING OFF THE PILES OF GOOD FOOD🍉🍎🍍🥭🥦🥕🌽🥒. HOPEFULLY MARA STAYS A GOOD WEIGHT AND NO MORE BLOATING DIGESTIVE ILLNESS!
Anita Janusz-Wong saysJuly 18, 2021 at 8:48 pm
That is so so sweet! And this is how it should be! Sharing space and food..:-)) …very precious!
Wim saysJuly 19, 2021 at 4:49 am
Poor George, naughthy Bambi. Everybody loves yummy Mara’s snacks.
John saysJuly 19, 2021 at 8:14 am
It’s wonderful and amazing to see Bambi in sanctuary, being an elephant. It seems at the zoo she was something less than that. It fills me with joy.
Ann Stewart saysJuly 19, 2021 at 7:12 pm
Thank you GSE for all you do. Like countless others I so look forward to the updates on our precious ele gals.
I’m so happy and proud of how Bambi has definitely improved and learned to be an effective member of the herd. Sometimes you can want something so much that you just try too hard , but thanks to the patient understanding Rana, Bambi is learning well.
And, I know she’s had problems in the past that we don’t know about, but Lady’s preference for solitude makes me sad, esp thinking of her all alone at night with no friends nearby for comfort. Even though she’s slowly improving, I do hope she can one day just hang out with or join in on some of the antics of the ‘silly party gals’, Rana, Mara and Bambi.
Blessings to all at GSE.
Sara saysJuly 19, 2021 at 7:32 pm
Thank you. We are happy that Bambi is settling into her life here and her relationships. Lady doesn’t seem to be sad, but we do sometimes try to encourage her to spend time nearer to the others. She does get curious about them, but we try to respect her boundaries about what she is and is not comfortable doing.
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