Yes, I know I said there would be no more Nandi videos. I was wrong. I was delusional. I have no idea how many more Nandi videos there will be. She’s too cute. She does too many adorable and fascinating things. So as long as the Reid Park Zookeepers keep on putting them out, and I keep on finding them, I suppose I will keep on posting them.
They make me smile. And when they come to my own inbox I always have to watch them repeatedly.
So… I give you yet another video of Nandi. Every morning when her keepers arrive for work, she gets “super-excited” and RUNS full bore for the barn, spinning and sometimes literally bouncing off the walls. Here’s a sample of what her Keepers see every day:
Really. I mean it. This is the last one! In fact, I had no idea I was going to post so many elephant videos, but they’re all just so darned cute. And this one, which includes the entire herd, is not only really well done, but just shows a lot of cool stuff. Like Mabu LYING DOWN in the mud wallow. Wow.
Yes, it’s yet another baby elephant video, but this one is not of our Nandi at the Reid Park Zoo. Instead, it is of an Indian elephant baby at the Zurich zoo, who falls on his back trying to climb onto a ledge. The adults immediately rush to his aid. I was blown away by their speed and the way they worked together…. And the more I’ve watched this the more I think neither of the two was even the baby’s mom, but rather the “aunties.” Mom seems to come up afterward and is the one he ends up standing under when it’s all over.
I love God’s infinitely fascinating and even mind-blowing creation:
Our little girl is only five days old here. This video was especially interesting to me for two reasons in addition to my fascination with this tiny elephant (the size difference between her and her parents blows me away). One is that at first the keepers were concerned about how the father, Mabu, would treat his new baby, and there was talk of keeping him away from her for awhile. (He’s got the bigger tusks and one of them has a silver cap on the end.)
But then shortly after her birth they decided the time was right to introduce her to the rest of the herd under a controlled situation, and they were amazed at how gentle they all were with her, including the father. You can kind of see that here, as he takes care not to stomp on her.
The other reason it’s interesting is because one of the dangers in letting her out into the regular elephant yard was that she might wade too deeply into the muddy areas and get stuck in them, or maybe even swallowed up. I love how Mom helps her out at the end of this video.
One of the reasons they like the mud so much is because when they wallow in it or spray it on themselves it forms a hard coating on their skin that prevents the insects from biting them…
This 41 second video was taken within the hour after our local Reid Park Zoo’s baby elephant was born: Mom helping her little one to stand up for the first time. Very cool. This video was shown on CBS News
Here’s a jaw-dropping video about elk in the city… My hubby has hunted elk, even been charged by them. We used to go to the White Mountains on camping trips to listen to them bugle and confront each other. They’re huge, powerful animals you don’t mess with.
Well, apparently some of the folks in Estes Park, Colorado didn’t get the memo. Take a look: