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Happily Eating Dinner Together

Maia and Lady

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

 

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Comments(15)

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    Gramma Tammy says

    So very happy to see the wonderful progress these beautiful girls are making, thanks for sharing guys!

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    Julie says

    Life begins at 50, Lady Bug! Enjoy it!

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    Maggie says

    Good girl Lady. You’re getting there sweetheart. 💜💜💜

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    Carmen Lucia Souza says

    Good news!!!

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    Shirley Taylor says

    That is brilliant news every day brings Lady to realise she is safe loved and can be friends with someone. It must be hard after being on her own to have a different life completely having love and attention from humans and being near her own kind. It must feel so rewarding to you also to see lady changing. Thank you so much for the wonderful life you are giving to these 3 girls.. xx

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    Patricia says

    I’m just so crazy about them! I love everything they do. These positive steps are so wonderful! xoxoxo

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      Rosie P says

      Yep, me, too! Here in the UK I eagerly await all the blogs and love hearing about Lady’s progress no matter how small….it’s big for her! It’s massive for me and my husband, LOL. So happy for Lady as she is free to do what she wants in her own time.

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    CyrAnn says

    So happy that Lady is feeling safe and hopefully soon Lady will accept Maia’s love………

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Absolutely love and look forward to these progress reports. It has to be so gratifying to actually see this friendship grow, and especially wonderful that it is on their own terms. THANK YOU GSE.

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    Carol-Ann says

    I look forward to reading this blog every day. This is just fantastic news.
    Thank you for your thoughtful entries. They inspire compassion, kindness and caring.
    I can’t be there to build a fence but I fundraising locally to contribute money to
    the care of these elephants and the expenses incurred with expanding your facility.

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    Carey says

    ooooh closer and closer, how wonderful!

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    Kelejan says

    One cannot have instant friendship, it just does not happen. But bit by bit, trust grows and solidifies.
    After all these poor elephants have not had the love of their mothers, sisters or aunts as they would have had in a normal elephant life, so it stands to reason, they have to take it step by small step.

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    Barb Wilson says

    Fantastic! Maybe Lady is keeping another secret besides the pond 🙂. Can’t wait for them to be a trunk away from each other.

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    Sheila says

    PTL🙏WELL ITS LONG OVERDUE! FOR LADY TO GET COMFORTABLE WITH MAIA 🐘AND OR 🐘RANA! WELL MAYBE SHE NEEDED 2 MONTHS TO TO HERSELF TO PROCESS THIS AMAZING HEAVEN MZ LADY NOW LIVES IN🌴🌳 SO IM THINKING LADY IS ENROUTE TO A BIG BREAK THRU TO JOIN MAIA AND RANA VERY SOON!!
    OH IT WILL BE SO NICE TO SEE! NEXT STEP SMELLING AND TOUCHING EACH OTHER AND LOW WHISPERING CHATTING! THEN ALL WILL COME TOGETHER. 🙏

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    Rosie P says

    This is progress! Looking forward to more interactions in the coming weeks. Lady is taking her time and gaining confidence. This really is HER time. X

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