On a recent day, Maia, Bambi, Mara, and Rana were all in Yard 5. Maia was sleeping by the pond – a favorite activity of hers – and the other three girls came by, which woke her up. She walked away from them, but didn’t go far.
About an hour or so later, Shirlei was driving by to do an afternoon visual check-in and saw Maia on one side of the pond, just splashing away, and the other girls standing on the other side of the pond, watching her a bit. Shirlei of course did exactly what a person is supposed to do in a situation like that: she drove away. Sometimes human presence influences their behaviors, so she wanted to let the interaction with the four unfold naturally. So, we aren’t sure exactly what the four of them did after that, but it’s clear that the group is navigating their way into a comfort zone.
Photo of Maia