This morning, Scott went out to feed Rana and Mara breakfast. He drove around for a little while, turning off the four-wheeler (ATV) a couple of times to listen for them. As everyone knows by now, Mara isn’t very good at being quiet, which usually makes her easy to find by her squeaks and rumbles. He ended up finding the two deep in the bushes and trees north of Middle Road. They were both far off the path and seemed very light and happy.
Usually, when we feed two or more elephants together, we put down one elephant’s food and feed the other elephant a little bit further away. They can still see each other, but it keeps their food separate. Mara and Rana seem to prefer to eat side by side. They currently receive the same supplements, so, the team has been putting the two buckets of food down just a few feet apart.
This morning, though, after Scott put down their food, they decided closer was better. First, they stood side by side and shared Rana’s food. Once they finished, they both walked over to Mara’s food and ate her food. Mara seems to enjoy this more than Rana. We suspect that Rana would prefer to eat her food by herself, but she will let Mara do anything that makes her happy, including sharing her meals.
photo: Mara on the left, Rana on the right
May 26. 2020