Yesterday both Rana and Maia spent some time together playing and splashing in the big mud wallow. There are two ponds and a fresh stream in the habitat, but both girls also seem to like the smaller ‘puddles’ as well. The caregivers caught them in there the day before as well, but as soon as they got down the hill, Maia had already walked out. Before they had arrived, she was lying down on her side, giving herself a good coating.
The wallow has been there for some time, but part of our recent efforts to make the habitat more engaging for Maia was to plumb the wallow, so it was easy to get fresh water in there daily and to scrape up the bottom layer to refresh it. We’ll also be expanding the large pond and using that dirt to line the bottom of the smaller pond, which will end up larger as well. We are hoping these changes create an opportunity for both girls to discover some new joy in the habitat.
And for those wondering about the fencing in the photo, that section of fence is where yards 1, 2, 4, and 5 all meet. It’s essentially a square of gates that allows a safe space to drive into and do any needed medical care.
July 14, 2019