The elephants love to take morning naps. While they remain awake for morning treatment (most of the time), standing still and being hand-fed fruit (as treats) can be quite exhausting…or at least they act that way.
The other morning, after treatment, sleepy Mara walked over to the fence and threw her trunk over it. Using the base of her trunk close to the underside of her upper jaw, she rested all of the weight of her head on the fence. It gave her a super cute scrunched face. Not to be left out, Rana walked over and rested her head on Mara’s side and took a standing nap with her friend as (literal) support. It was super cute – we didn’t take pictures because we didn’t want to disturb them. Kat joked that Mara must have (or thinks she has) the heaviest head in all of the world. It is pretty big for an elephant.
Once their nap-time was over, Scott tried to lead them out of Yard 1 into Yard 5, so the team could clean the area. After they made it past the mud wallow (which is a 1-minute walk), they decided they needed another nap. Once Scott stopped trying to shift them, Mara spent some time splashing in the mud wallow, and Rana found a flake of hay left in the yard and started eating it.
It seems like Mara has already learned what we mean when we say “elephant time,” and it looks like they both had a lovely morning with their best friend.
Photo of Mara & Rana enjoying a meal – Rana is closer to the camera, and Mara is behind her.