Last night, when Scott went to feed the girls, he found Lady and Maia near each other – Lady was in Yard 1, and Maia was in 5 along the adjacent fence line.
Scott fed Lady first and set her food down somewhat close to the fence. As he did this, Maia approached the fence because she wanted her dinner too.
When another elephant approaches a shared fence, Lady’s recent pattern is to walk away and then walk back. Last night was different – as Maia approached, Lady just walked up to her dinner and started eating. She didn’t walk away first. She seemed relaxed and curious, but Scott didn’t observe any of the concern or hesitation that we usually see in her.
Scott also fed Maia close to the fence, and even though Maia was high energy and full of excitement about dinner time, there was still no reaction from Lady. Lady was paying attention, but she wasn’t worried about Maia. When Scott drove off to feed Rana, they were happily eating dinner together.
Photo: Lady is closer, and Maia is on the other side of the fence.
January 23, 2020