One of the truly wonderful things about sanctuary is that, even in the dry season, there are small green spots where the girls can graze. There’s an area now where the grass was cut at just the right time last year and, thanks to the little rain we got, it’s now growing large enough that the elephants were happily snacking there. Just before dinner, the “Powerpuff Girls” (Bambi, Mara, and Rana) were eating in that spread of land while Maia and Guillermina were in another yard. So, because the three friends were quite happy with the natural meal they were eating, they were slow to come to dinner. Of course, that’s fine because they don’t have to eat the supplemental food we provide if they don’t want it – unless someone has some medicines that they need at the time. Them being content enough to ignore mealtime is actually something we are very appreciative of – it means their space is providing for them in the way that it should.
One by one, Rana, Mara, and Bambi finally headed in the direction of the caregivers. Scott and Kat were watching from up the hill and on the camera, assisting the caregivers in the field with locating all of the elephants. They initially caught a glimpse of Rana walking towards the east fence just about the same time she came into view for veterinarian and caregiver Mateus. It’s no surprise that Rana would be the first to show up, because she definitely loves her food. Soon, the other two girls popped up from behind Lollipop Tree. Mara made it to the fence first and ate all of the food in front of her. As she was finishing up, Bambi finally made her way over for her own dinner. It probably took about 10 minutes for the three of them to all show up. Still, it was nice to see the three of them enjoying their green grass and just doing what elephants are meant to do.
Photo of Bambi and Rana