This is somewhat of a continuation of the other video posted this morning. After Ramba walked away from Maia, she walked into the barn. Rana was already in that stall, the doors were open, and Ramba walked right in. As we have mentioned, we’re not trying to force things with any of the elephants, we’re letting them make their own choices and go at their own pace.
Rana was her quiet and excited self and got all big-eyed as Ramba came over. But this time Ramba was more confident and reached out and touched Rana. If you watch Rana’s eyes closely, you can see the exact moment Ramba touched her. Which of course made Rana happy. We are seeing that the very outgoing Maia is helping Ramba be a little more comfortable with being forward. So it seems Ramba may find the balance between the two personalities.
Later this morning we opened up all of the yards so the girls could interact as they chose. It was interesting to watch because Ramba is still so excited about exploring, yet not so much that she is ignoring the other girls. Ramba started out closer with Rana, then decided to trek to her favorite spot at the creek. On her way she met up with Maia. She continued on after a bit and was alone, grazing in the Northside of 4 (her favorite), but then went down to the creek and Maia joined her. After that she walked into the fifth yard, which she has had access to before, but never went into. There she met up with Rana, which is where she is now and Maia isn’t too far away. We’ll just let them be and see if Maia chooses to join them or is more focused on the fact that it’s almost dinner time.
We will separate Ramba and Rana from Maia at night for the time being. Until we see a greater level of comfort from Ramba. This is to ensure that Ramba is able to lie down, put herself in that kind of vulnerable position, and get some rest at night. But they are all doing extremely well.
October 25, 2019
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