Happy International Friendship Day!

It’s International Friendship Day. And someone recently asked if Mara was learning about friendship and boundaries from Rana. While Rana has been at Sanctuary for longer, knowing what it means to be a friend is somewhat new to her too.

Mara and Rana are learning about friendship together as a team. Due to their limited pasts, they both have a long way to go before the two of them understand the dynamics of social etiquette and what defines friendship. They are working together to figure out what life is supposed to be for elephants.

All of the elephants here are on a journey together to relearn what it means to be an elephant. They are all in it together. Even if the four aren’t together as a herd, what they are learning from each other, and how they are growing, is certainly worth celebrating on International Friendship Day.

Cute video of Rana (left) and Mara (right) checking on each other during dinner. That’s Rana who trumpets.

July 30, 2020


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    Sherry says

    Friends for life at the sanctuary.??❤️

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    Wim says

    Happy Friendship Day to you all. No greater gift in life than the friendship of an Elephant.
    Wishing you a long and lovable road together.

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    Debbie Sides says

    They’re jusr so cute together!

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    Sallie says

    Miss Rana and Miss Mara are Poster Girls for “How to Grow a Friendship”! We are all learning about what Friendship is all about through their growth and acceptance of each other. Bravo! You don’t have to be an elephant to learn from one. Or two. Or more . . .

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    Paula says

    ¡Feliz Día de la Amistad para cada uno de ustedes!??
    Y gracias ESB por darles a las damas, entre muchos otros regalos, la oportunidad de vivir la bendición de una amistad con otros elefantes!❤

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    Sergio says

    Feliz día de la amistad!!!! Saludos desde Argentina a todos ustedes…. humanos y hermosos animales del Santuario ? ?????

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    Rosie P says

    I have unlimited, unconditional love for the Animal Kingdom.
    This clip is a serious dose of cuteness!!
    Happy Friendship Day everyone!

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    Rachel says

    Happy International Friendship Day to all of GSE and the lovely contributors on these posts!! I feel like I know some of you through your kind posts and consistent adoration and concern for all the elephants we follow and support here on the blog and elsewhere. May peace, love, and happiness fill your days AND may we always have room in our hearts for all of God’s creatures. ❤️

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      Rosie P says

      That is so lovely, Rachel.

      Love and hugs XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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