Maia Holds Hands

Maia is well known to be the sanctuary’s resident sleepyhead. She will fall asleep after meals, during foot treatments, or basically any time she wants a nap. Maia has also been known to like some affection when she’s sleepy and will push her stomach through the horizontal fence posts when she’s lying down, to get some belly rubs from her caregivers. 

Here, you can see her just barely managing to keep her eyes open after breakfast. Still, she seems to want some extra closeness from Scott, so she decides to hold his hand with her nose. He’s happy to comply.

P.S.: Aren’t those long eyelashes gorgeous?


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    Katie Howard says

    She’s adorable! (I want to hold hands with an elephant!) ☺️

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    Barb says

    Oh gracious! Such a warm and tender moment! Yes, those eyelashes are amazing.

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    Merry says

    Lovely post.

    By the way, the New Yorker of last week has a long article about the current situations for several elephants in captivity. Tough go, and important.

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    Tammy says

    How sweet is that…gotta love these special close moments it’s really something to see so thank you for sharing them could watch these nonstop! Wishing you all blessings during this special Easter week and always 💞

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    Beji says

    Oh my. my Maia. What a sweet girl you are…get some zzzzz’s

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    Wim says

    Trust and a lullaby what more can Miss Maia ask.

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    Alana says

    I want to give belly rubs! I Love these sweet moments.

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    Holly O'Brien says

    So heart warming! Thanks for sharing

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    Andrea says

    Big smooch to you Maia!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    What a sweet and beautiful video to share with us devoted fans of our ladies! What a joyful life they are leading at GSE!!

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    Deb says

    That is the most loving thank you anyone could get! 💕💕💕
    The girls are so blessed to have Scott & his team😍

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    Julie says

    Lovely Maia! Thank you for capturing and sharing this video!

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    Carey says

    Beautiful. Very happy to see this!

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    Alison Bilbrough says

    I was just rereading today, ‘Last Chain on Billie’ by Carol Bradley. The 1st words in her book were, ‘Scott Blais opened the gate to the barn…’ She said in Acknowledgements that the book could not have been written without you. I’m so happy that you didn’t have to wait long to hear the great news that P&G will come to GSB. I just knew it would work out. Another rescue in the long line of rescues for Them. Just stellar! I’m Rooting for You Both Always

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    Sally Borkovec says

    Lovely photos of Maia. Great story of her freedom from chains and circus life. People don’t realize what captivity robs critters from having a good life. You folks do a fantastic job of caring for these elephants!

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