After Maia spent time with Rana and Mara earlier this week, she seemed a bit more grounded (We talked about this a little in yesterday’s post). A day or two later, Scott and Kat came upon caregiver Shirlei in the road, standing on her four-wheeler looking into the habitat. They pulled up next to her, and she pointed out Maia. From her vantage point, you could see Maia in the distance having a party of one. It was similar to one of Lady’s “Party of One” events, except Maia-style, so it was a Lady party, amplified. She ran through the bushes full speed and was rolling on the ground, trumpeting, and breaking trees. It was a full-on Silly-Maia-Event. When Maia gets silly, she gets silly. It was evident she was having a Big Fun time as she rolled on the ground trumpeting. The closest elephant to Maia was Lady, but when we checked on Lady, we found that she wasn’t paying attention to Maia but was instead observing Rana along a different fence.
In terms of Maia’s party, we suspect that she had a lot of built-up energy due to the emotions of the fire and from staying in the smaller yards for safety. She was releasing all that energy in a big and silly way. Later that evening, when we fed her near the pond, she was very calm and relaxed. As we know, Maia’s energy has limits and it seems her daily expenditure was used up at ‘play’ time.
Photo of a very muddy Maia.
October 18, 2020