Lady and Maia have regular “dinner dates.” They both seem happy eating dinner near each other frequently – through the fence, of course. They observe each other and seem to be comfortable around each other.
Supporters periodically express concern that Lady could be lonely since she hasn’t made friends yet in the traditional sense of touching and sharing space. Even though she isn’t sharing space with anyone else at this time, she seems happy about being around other elephants – from her distance of the day.
She doesn’t appear to be lonely – she seems incredibly happy about her life. She has her firm ideas about space and boundaries. Yet, she seeks out watching the others in the same way she seeks out puddles to splash in, mud wallows to have parties in, and trees for scratches. It’s another exciting new pastime of hers.
We are sharing each milestone as it unfolds, but, sometimes, frequency is a milestone in its own right. Dinner through the fence is the new normal, and one that doesn’t get old to watch.
In the video, Lady is the first elephant you see and Maia is… the one who shoves an entire palm in her mouth at once (volume on if you want to know what that sounds like 😉 )
February 12, 2020