We saw a shift in the relationship between Ramba and Rana the other day, and it was quite sweet. All three girls had access to the full habitat. They were going back and forth, hanging out and grazing for a bit, then meandering somewhere else.
At one point, Ramba met up with Maia. They were interacting nicely, and Maia put her trunk up on Ramba’s head and was ‘eating her head’ (we’ll talk about this more in another post). Maia began to put a little bit of her weight onto Ramba’s head, and Ramba rumbled, not 100% a content rumble, but not an unhappy noise either. Nothing that had us concerned and Ramba showed no interest in walking away.
All of a sudden, Rana came walking up at a fast pace, made one of her grunting noises, and came up quickly upon Maia and Ramba. Rana didn’t do anything aggressive but seemed to come over to protect Ramba, although Ramba was fine. All three stood together for a while, and Rana put her butt between Maia and Ramba, a protective thing we have seen other peacemaker elephants do.
Since then, Rana and Ramba have spent much more time side by side, literally touching as they stand there. Up until now, Rana had still seemed a little reserved in wanting to open up to Ramba. We were assuming it was because of how her relationship went with Maia and Guida. You could tell she wanted to be close, she certainly knows how to be affectionate (part of the problem with Maia and Guida), but she wasn’t letting herself go there. We are hoping this was the hump she needed to get over to realize it was all ok with Ramba, that she wanted to be her friend and she wasn’t going to push her away if Rana showed her love. We are very happy to see the continued growth in both of them.
Photo: Rana (left) and Ramba (right)
November 6, 2019
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Sheila saysNovember 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm
GREAT NEWS! SO HAPPY FOR❤️? RANA. SWEET LADY! I HAD ?PRAYED SHE WOULD BOND WITH SWET ❤️? RAMBA‼️ THEY BOTH NEED EACH OTHER! I HOPE MAI WILL BOND WITH❤️? LADY TOO OR WITH❤️? POCHA! HARD TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN! MAYBE KENYA? NEVERTHELESS IT APPEARS. RANA IS NOW PROTECTIVE OF RAMBA AND STAYS CLOSE! I THINK THESE LADIES ARE A MATCH MADE BY GOD AS WAS MAIA AND GUIDA?‼️?❤️?. MAYBE IT WILL GUIERLIMINA AND MAIA?? BOTH SPUNKY GALS?? VERY EXCITING. TIMES TO COME WITH THE LADIES?❤️?. AND THEN MR! TOMY!!! ONE POOR GUY ALL ALONE! WITH INE TUSK. REALLY WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM!
Betty Kaer saysNovember 6, 2019 at 6:15 pm
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Kelejan saysNovember 6, 2019 at 7:53 pm
This is something that can happen with human females. One human female has two best friends, but each of these two best friends has their own best friends, so that when three of them are together, there is always one that is a little left out.
Patricia Hunt saysNovember 6, 2019 at 8:05 pm
I love them so madly!!! They are so smart and perceptive and loving and cute and great. I am THRILLED that Pocha and Guillermina are coming. I am very concerned about Tomy and I know you are too. All my post.
Carey saysNovember 9, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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