51 hours, 8 minutes and 21 seconds. That’s how long it took to change their lives forever. Well that’s how long the physical journey was for Maia, Guida had an extra hour and a half in her container since she was less anxious and she was unloaded second.
Though the physical journey was just over two days, the emotional journey has been ongoing. From the moment they stepped off the trailer they began to shift. They seemed to sort something out through their touching and vocalizations overnight that gave Guida the confidence to trust Maia enough to give her a chance. While Guida’s physical healing was immediately visible, the changes they both went through on the inside were a testament to the transformative abilities of sanctuary.
Over the past two years we watched a friendship slowly blossom, Maia learning with each step, gaining the understanding of what it means to put someone else’s needs first. Even after their relationship was solid, the evolution continued. With Guida fully trusting in Maia, her vulnerability allowed her to accept that she too could need someone. This has resulted in a much more balanced relationship where both seek out the other’s companionship, attention and affection. Maia shared her silly with Guida and Guida gave Maia her strength. They have provided each other with a gift no other being ever could have.
While we take this opportunity to look back at the past two years, their breakthroughs and rejuvenated spirit, we look forward to an anniversary celebration next year that honors how they have helped others along their healing journey at sanctuary. Guida and Maia have always been extraordinary, but the past two years have prepared them to be supportive herd mates and giving sisters. Their growth and discovery of self will build the foundation that all elephants who follow will stand upon.
Today we celebrate their journey, their willingness to be vulnerable, their patience to teach, their desire to learn and their support of each other. Sanctuary heals, but the elephants have to be willing to put in the work to make it all happen. We are blessed that they have allowed us to be part of that journey and are overjoyed to be able to share it with all of you. Thank you for creating this life for them and building a future for elephants throughout Latin America.
October 11, 2018
Happy Anniversary, Maia & Guida!