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
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Sherry saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Lady is doing her very own thing. She is keeping a distance from the other elephants maybe because of a bad experience in her past or she is timid and shy or both. I believe she is happy and feeling her freedom!
Barb saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Humming “how sweet it is to be loved by you”. Lovely ladies having dinner together.
Rachel saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Brought tears to my eyes. I’ve watched three times in a row. Sooo happy for them – and for Lady to be at ease with another elephant nearby. How special of Maia to be so patient with Lady. We all need friends like that…
Kelejan saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm
Sometimes it takes a lot of time. We do not know enough of Lady’s past so just have to observe how she acts right now and she how she progresses. As you always say, in her own good time.
CyrAnn saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Love these dear ladies…..
So happy to see them doing things on their own terms!!!!!!!!
Lori Hoover saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 6:31 pm
I think Maia showing up for Lady is the sweetest thing, as is the deepening bond she is forging with Rana. She really is growing, too, isn’t she? It’s wonderful to hear, and see, how comfortable Lady is becoming with this, looking forward to dinner dates and watching the other girls get their pedicures and such. It’s such amazing growth on all their parts. Thank you all for all you do for them.
My Ramba Effect shirts came. I bought two of them, one purple and one cranberry/maroon/reddish colored. The funny thing, and sweet thing, is the colors bleed onto the beautiful picture of Ramba, the purple one is reminiscent of her natural grey color and the reddish reminds me of her rolling in her many colors of mud. The really are beautiful, and the quality of the tee shirts themselves is great. The drawing of her is stunning, I felt funny folding one up, , I laid it out for a bit to get a good look at our girl. I miss knowing she is there, but wish her happiness wherever she is now.
Sheila saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 7:19 pm
OH MY DEAR LIL LADY❤️U STILL PUT DISTANCE BETWEEN GOOD FRIENDS! SAD U STILL CANT GIVE UP UR FEAR WELL THEN IM HOPEFUL THAT WHEN MARA ?ARRIVES U WILL JOIN HER AS A SISTER FRIEND! BEING UNSOCIAL IS NOT GREAT FOR. LADY! I PRAY U WILL FIND PEACE SOON?
Sallie Robbins-Druian saysFebruary 12, 2020 at 8:13 pm
The Hummingbird Sisters have such a great communication line! So wonderful to see them so happy and content, alone or with each other! You Girls Rock!
Muriel Servaege saysFebruary 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm
Happy to read about how they evolve and behave. But it makes me sad to see how you still keep them apart
EleComposer saysFebruary 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Maia and Rana are together most all of the time. Lady is kept separated from them by her choice. Until she is showing that she is comfortable enough to share a space with them, she gets to make the choice as to whether that happens. That’s part of the autonomy of sanctuary – allowing them to make their own decisions with everything, and that includes whether or not she wants to be with the other elephants. If an elephant runs away from other elephants, clearly they are not ready. It’s her option and choice. And Lady is not ready to be put in with Maia or Rana – again, because that is her choice.
Carey saysFebruary 15, 2020 at 5:35 am
They both seem pretty chilled out, and lunch dates certainly seems a good thing to promote. Maia’s palm trees leaves! Same old Maia, she is delicious! So good to see all of Lay’s progress and enjoyment
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