Maia and Rana Eating Side by Side ❤️

Maia and Rana

It can be difficult at times to find the elephants when they are out in the habitat. They blend into their surroundings surprisingly well for such enormous creatures. Last night was one of those nights when the sun was setting and the clouds were just right, making their bodies the same colors as the tree trunks and shadows. After spending some time looking for Maia and Rana, Scott found Rana with Maia nowhere in sight. Rana seemed content and in a little bit of a silly mood. Scott fed her and then headed off, looking for Maia. After searching for a while longer, he doubled back to check on Rana to see if Maia had shown up where Rana was. She had. He found them both side by side, sharing food.

Usually, if Maia approaches an eating Rana, Rana will feel displaced and walk away from her food. Maia will then help herself to whatever is left. Instead, last night, they were sharing Rana’s pile of food and seemed at ease about it. Scott couldn’t feed Maia where she was, so he put (most of) her food a little bit away. Since Maia ate some of Rana’s food, he saved a bit of Maia’s food to give to Rana, to make sure everyone had plenty of food. It’s a sign of how their relationship is growing and evolving. Watching Maia and Rana calmly and peacefully eating, side by side, was a beautiful thing. We are grateful to be able to share this glimpse with you (Maia is the darker one on the left; Rana is on the right).

February 1, 2020

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    Kelejan says

    A little bit of Heaven.

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      Donna Johnson says

      Thank you Scott for capturing this awesome photo of Maia and Rana! Yes, this photo is a glimpse of heaven!

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    SHEILA says


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    Barb says

    Friends enjoying a meal with synchronized tails ?❤️??

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    Maggie says

    This is lovely. Their relationship is coming along nicely.

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    susan says

    Front side, back side, no matter, these precious girls never take a bad picture. Thank you for sharing a peek int paradise. Love you all so much!!!

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    CyrAnn says

    So wonderful to see their budding friendship strengthen with time……..
    Bless their precious souls!

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    Lori Hoover says

    Awww, they are so close that it looks like they are touching. That is great, for the both of them. I’m so happy that something a little better seems to be blossoming between them.

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      Tammy says

      I love this it makes me so happy to see Maia finally coming out of her shell after Sweet Ramba crossed that Rainbow Bridge. She’s with her forever family of sisters enjoying paradise! Love and hugs to all

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    Bobi StaySee says

    Such a gift to witness a gentle, natural evolution of the relationship, an easing of trust, allowing free choice, out in the open ~ when anyone can simply walk away…for a while…and return when ready. No judgement. Just being.

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    Lila says


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    Elke Riesterer says

    Sweet to see this relationship evolving❣️

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    Rosie P says

    Again a welcomed detailed acount of the girls enjoying time together. I really felt in that moment with them. It is encouraging to learn that Maia and Rana are spending time togehter…both healing from the grief they feel after losing a best friend (and long time sister in Maia’s case). Here they eat, side by side, sharing and finding strength in the peace and the quiet and togetherness. Glorious!

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    Sherry says

    The colors of the earth are beautiful and the animals add their beautiful colors too. It makes me happy.

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    A beautiful picture, seeing them side by side almost touching. It is wonderful to see their friendship developing, and to see them learning to trust each other. It only gets better from this point on. Again, thank you for sharing.

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    Muriel Servaege says

    Beautiful picture. The two elephants in the forest getting on so well together make a really touching picture


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