In the previous post, you saw Mara and Maia’s interaction from a distance. This video not only gives you a closer look but a chance to see their first touches. When watching, you can see that Maia actually takes a step back when both Mara and Rana noisily approach. For those that know Maia’s story, she has a big personality, but there is an underlying insecurity. She has grown a lot and has become more confident, but with new things, we see tiny glimmers of it still. Maia quickly got over her hesitation and went back to being her forward self
Several times, during this interaction, Maia did walk away. While she was interested, she was also not fully engaged. Nothing here is forced; we allow things to happen when the elephants show they are ready. Just as Lady has a choice of wanting to be with others or needing more time to get there, Mara and Maia’s relationship will evolve as they choose.
If you want to learn more about Maia and how she didn’t let her past control her future at the sanctuary, you can go to her page here.