Maia in Full Pond Blob Mode

Maia continues to hang out in Yard 5. She seems very content to be grazing there. As the creeks are flowing well these days, they provide a pristine water source convenient to grazing and a small collection pool for squishing and coating herself in mud. As a result, she isn’t leaving her favorite pasture often.

When she needs a break, we catch her blobbing in the shallow end of the Yard 5 pond. We often describe her as a pond blob and occasionally post photos of it, but pictures don’t capture what it means to be a pond blob.

Here’s a shorter video of Maia in full pond blob mode. This is what she will look like for up to a couple of hours. Elephants have slow respiration—breathing about six times per minute, so this is entirely normal behavior…for Maia at least.

Hope your Saturday is as relaxing as Maia’s is!


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    Shannon says

    So delightful! I laughed out loud when Maia’s trunk came out of the water. Here’s to a long future of pond blobbing for this lovely lady.

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    Nannette Stone says

    That’s one relaxed and chilled Maia. Beautiful ❤️

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Sweet Maia is living her very best life at GSE. She is glorious in her pond and looks happy and content.
    Thank you for all you do for these sentient beings. Letting them be as God intended.

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    Kathryn Sechler says

    How wonderful for her. Blob away dear!

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    Susan says

    Hahahah! That’s awesome!

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    Kelejan says

    Heaven on Earth, or Heaven in Pond. So convenient to have a long nose.

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    Dianna says

    Oh what a well deserved life, enjoy beautiful Maia

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    Katie Howard says

    Ohhh! How wonderful! Total relaxation ?❤️?❤️

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    John says

    Oh now I get it. She’s a blob who’s in a pond! You know, if this were 10 minutes long, I really wouldn’t mind watching it.

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    Lois Steinberg says

    She is in heaven on earth. Hurray for Maia! Love live the pond blob!

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    Debbie Sides says

    The cutest pond blob ever!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Amazing!! Maia you just have to learn to relax!! The beautiful side of freedom at Global Sanctuary for Elephants.

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    Lane says

    Wonderful. She offers a teaching to all of us: Take a breath and relax, deeply. Also chuckled at the sudden appearance of her trunk!

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    Sue says

    Best Blob in a pond, ever! Love to see you enjoying yourself sweet Girl! ❤️?❤️

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    JamesMichael says

    … Pond Blob – ‘ aint life GRAND…” @ Sanctuary…

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    Rachel says

    Haha, LOVE this. I was feeling a bit stressed about something I just read on the internet but when I started to watch this video, an instant feeling of slow relief came over me. Watching Maia’s “therapy” became a therapy of its own for me. Thanks for sharing.

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    Rosie P says

    Beyond gorgeous!

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    Carey says

    Maia totally fascinates me, full of admiration for her, if she had been allowed to remain wild, I think she would have been a very strong herd member, and mother, aunt, cousin, it breaks my heart she was never allowed to do this. I would love to see all her sweetness again that she gave to Guida at this sanctuary, their years of peace and freedom together. She is gloriously making the very best of her life and doesn’t seem to miss the near company of her species much, and she looks fine, a very fine lady, but it bothers me greatly that we humans robbed her of so much. it would be lovely to hear your insights in to Maia, what changes you have seen in her, who she is now. ..

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