During the rainy season when there is plenty of grazing for the elephants, we try to mix things up and not always feed them along the fenceline, if it can be done safely. The other day, Maia and Guille’s location presented the perfect opportunity to feed them away from the fence and under some trees. Scott left Guille’s food first, which she immediately went to, and then Maia came walking down the path – past her food – and went straight over to Guille and her evening meal. By then, most of Guillermina’s food was gone, but there was some hay left, which they shared.
Finally, Maia walked over to where Scott had placed her dinner and she was followed by Guille a few seconds later. Maia tends to be fairly guarded with her food and will block others from getting near by holding her leg out or gently kicking at the snooping elephant’s nose. But in this instance, she allowed Guille to calmly share her pile of food. Not only did Guillermina enjoy her own dinner with Maia, but then Maia turned around and did the same with Guille. While this is definitely atypical behavior, it was an interesting development and, best of all, a calm and light interaction.
Photo of Guille and Maia enjoying their meal together
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Nancy saysDecember 29, 2022 at 2:17 pm
Made me Smile
Alejandra Enquin saysDecember 29, 2022 at 2:20 pm
Ay que emocion que las dos se quieren tanto y comparten ya la comida!! Es un gran logro de ambas la nena y la madrina
Peggy Quentin saysDecember 29, 2022 at 2:48 pm
when you say, “if it can be safely done”, it reminds me that you all never seem to place yourselves physically with the elephants. Why is that? Is it possible they would harm you?
Sara saysDecember 29, 2022 at 3:20 pm
We’ve talked about our protected contact approach several times. This is a good post to read if you want to know more about why we do it.
Wim saysDecember 29, 2022 at 5:06 pm
Nice to share and care.
Julie saysDecember 29, 2022 at 5:40 pm
They are becoming loving sisters 😊❤️
Terry saysDecember 29, 2022 at 9:33 pm
I am confident Maia knows the grief Guille is experiencing after the loss of Pocha. Maia is the perfect friend for Guille as she completely understands…
Lynne Russert saysDecember 30, 2022 at 6:57 am
Wow, progress. How sweet of Maia to do this!
Melinda saysDecember 30, 2022 at 7:30 am
Maia and Guille, BFF!
Carey saysDecember 30, 2022 at 8:18 am
How close they are now, so good for both of them, I love hearing what they get up to next, there’s so many surprises! Thank you, I am charmed under their spell. Having just come away from a depressing story elsewhere, this is nectar
Sara saysDecember 30, 2022 at 10:24 am
I’m glad we could help ❤️
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