While doing a late afternoon check-in with the ladies in Yard 4, we saw Maia right in the middle of a huddle with Bambi and Rana. Mara joined them shortly after. Maia had been spending time eating near all three of the “Powerpuff Girls” that afternoon and all were calm and enjoying the sun.
Because Bambi and Maia have been consistently working out the dynamics between them, it was particularly interesting to watch how calmly the two stood together – so close they were nearly touching. Once Mara joined the group, Bambi stayed calm and didn’t react toward Maia in a way that was protective of Mara. At first glance, one might think that these two elephants with big personalities would have found their way to each other quickly. But elephant relationships are complex, and so Bambi and Maia’s bond has shifted on a near-constant basis. Things will almost certainly continue to transform, but this was a gratifying moment to witness.