After dinner, Mara, Bambi, and Maia headed to the water trough but decided that, even though it had plenty of water inside, they wanted water from the hose instead, which we’ve seen as a somewhat universal thing with all of the elephants we’ve worked with throughout the past 30 years. Maia was first to the hose, but Mara and Bambi walked up and sort of sandwiched her, so she slowly stepped to the back and let them have the first gulps. That is not something that would have necessarily happened in the past; she is definitely learning to be a little more herd focused.
After a while, Maia decided she had shown enough grace and made her way to the side so that she could also enjoy some water from the hose. Mara walked into the pasture to begin grazing, while Bambi and Maia competed for who would get the most water the fastest. Once they’d had their fill, Bambi and Maia joined Mara in the habitat to graze – three elephants spending a nice part of the evening together.