Near the end of the day, the caregivers heard a loud trumpet but weren’t sure exactly who was calling out. They went to check on the elephants and found Maia partially lying down and Guillermina halfway sitting on her. Clearly they were playing. In fact, Guille was scratching her bottom on Maia while Maia was lying down.
This was a delightful thing to see because back when Guida was alive, Maia played with youthful abandon, which was sometimes too physical for Guida. At first, Maia had few boundaries about being silly and occasionally Guida would just stand perfectly still, not wanting to encourage Maia to go over the top with her antics.
It was heartening to see that Maia was comfortable enough in her play with Guille that she lay down. Eventually, Maia got up and was being a funny girl – kicking and enjoying her time with Guille. We’d love to see Maia’s inner child come out again, and she seems to have that opportunity with Guillermina.