During a morning treatment, while the humans were with Mara and Rana along the fence, a nearby Maia decided that her entire body could fit in a nearby mud wallow.
Many adjectives can describe Maia, but “little” is never one of them. She is a big girl and doesn’t fit in a lot of places… and she certainly doesn’t fit in a small mud hole. It was like watching a cat and a tiny box. As the saying goes, “If it fits, I sits,” and Maia was determined to fit.
She got down on her front wrists and tried to get her head, along with half her belly, to squish into the hole. Again, this is Maia. Half her belly is still quite a lot of mid-section, especially after breakfast and “cleaning” Yard 3. She was determined to fit and was not interested in giving up. She started kicking backward with her legs to make more space for her body. Kicking that way, of course, just threw water everywhere because it’s not an effective method of enlarging a hole in the ground. ?
We have several human-made mud wallows here, which are more than large enough for her – and that she frequently uses for naps. We also have several elephant-made mud wallows that the girls create. This one was elephant-made, so it was a smaller one. We try to keep them wet through the dry season, which means that we periodically “water” them to keep them muddy. We had just topped this hole off that morning, and Maia was determined to enjoy it.
This cute little party of one went on for a while because Maia was so determined. Eventually, physics won out, and Maia decided to nap elsewhere.