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