More elephants coming and a chance of rain in next week’s forecast means time to expand the ponds. The photo is the pond in yard 5, the one closest to the barn. Although it was cozy for 2 elephants and worked for what we needed at the moment, it could use a facelift.
The sides were a little steep, which didn’t deter Maia and Guida, but we want to make it comfortable for everyone. Especially since it’s close enough that if an elephant doesn’t want to wander too far, or needs to build up physical strength first, they can still go for a swim. The boys and their toys (yes, they enjoyed themselves) have made it into quite the pond now. While expanding this pond, clay was taken to line the bottom and sides from the dirt mounds bordering the pond in 4. That pond has also grown a bit as well. Tomorrow it will be drained, and the bottom layer scraped, so it starts fresh and clean with the arrival of the rainy season.
Not only will the girls have new and improved ponds, but fresh dirt piles to play in and make mud with. It’s incredible the joy dirt and rain can bring.
September 19, 2019
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