Sunday Smile: Bambi’s Deer Friend

In the cartoon world, Bambi is a beloved deer; here in the ESB world, Bambi is a beloved elephant who has deer friends. 

We have found that deer love being near elephants, because they can enjoy the scraps of food that elephants leave behind in the habitat – and in their poop. The species seem to have a mutual respect for one another and the deer don’t really intrude upon the elephants’ space. Deer live all around the property and we see them often. They will occasionally allow us to be  near, but they all have internal boundaries that tell them when it’s time to go. 

Here, Bambi was eating while Mara was in the chute for dinner, and a small deer spent a few moments snacking next to her before returning home to the woods.


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    Carol says


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    Debbie Sides says

    That is so sweet! I remember seeing a TES video where a deer was near Tarra while she was napping – the cutest thing ever!💚

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    Ellen Bollinger says

    That is very cool

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    Wim says

    Wonderful encounters.
    Bambi meets Bambi.

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    Jillyp says

    That’s really sweet, they must like having little deer as friends & the deer have a treat, it all adds to the beauty of the sanctuary 🧡🐘🐘🐘

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    Sherry says

    This is a good story. The deer trusted Mara to be near her.

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    Anita J says

    So glad to see some images of more wildlife in sanctuary! The place is truly alive! Love to see more if possible💖 ant eaters? Other small mamals? Or maybe even small wild cats like bob cats? Wonder what else is there!

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      Kat Blais says

      the anteaters are very shy, so we rarely see them. sometimes at night, we will see them in the bushes or on the cameras.

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    Carey says

    So good for them to have all this wildlife around them, as they would in the wild.

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    John says

    I also remember the videos from Tennessee with deer hanging out near the elephants. What a lovely place the sanctuary must be, all God’s creatures co-existing.

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    A beautiful photo. This has the makings of a great children’s book! Thank you GSE.

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