In the months leading up to the arrival of Pocha and Guillermina, Maia had been growing in comfort with Mara, Bambi, and Rana. Where she once chose to stay on the outskirts of the group, she displayed increased confidence and became more a part of their circle. She seemed particularly drawn to Bambi, which made sense considering they both have similar energies.
Pocha and Guille joining the larger group changed the dynamics of the herd, as unfamiliar personalities always do. Maia has found herself spending time with the new girls, though she still comfortably mingles with the other three ladies. Bambi tends to stick with her core group of friends: Mara and Rana, but she also takes time in the day to hang out with Guille and Pocha in the group at large. As a result of all of these inevitable changes, we haven’t witnessed Bambi and Maia off by themselves, as a twosome, in a couple of months.
Recently, when the six girls were crossing the creek as a group, Maia began to approach Bambi in a way she had not in quite some time. Bambi was watchful and curious of this development and Maia was careful to walk toward Bambi with her side facing out – which is a calm way to come near another elephant. The two touched sides and started eating hay together, which seemed to relax them both. While Bambi and Maia may have to reestablish elements of their growing friendship, their comfort with each other was evident in this brief interaction.
Photo of Maia enjoying the sunshine