Pocha and Guillermina continue to do well at the barn, expanding their comfort zones. We have our first official visit today from INDEA so they can check all of their paperwork and get a look at the new arrivals. We are busy this morning, but will try to do an update with Pocha and Guille later. In the meantime, we thought you might like to catch up with some of the other ladies at sanctuary:
Over the last couple of weeks. It seems that Maia has been rediscovering her confidence within the group. If you see her in the habitat, you can tell that she’s got a bit of her old spunkiness back. Maia is almost always in the vicinity of Bambi, Mara, and Rana when we drive out to find them. If the three girls are in the mud wallow or by the trees when we visit, she’ll pop her head up and walk over within about 10 or 15 seconds.
Maia is also becoming comfortable showing parts of her personality that have been hidden for a while. For instance, she doesn’t seem to have a problem helping herself to Rana’s palm fronds or sharing hay with others. She is much more of the Maia that we saw before she pulled away from the other elephants. The rest of the group appear to be okay with her personality evolution. Maia and Rana have always seemed to have an understanding, so the two of them gel just fine. Mara seems to be a little bit submissive to Maia, while Bambi’s approach seems to differ from day-to-day; neither Maia or Bambi is submissive to the other, but they are not confrontational either. It’s nice to see that Maia is integrating herself into a group, while also maintaining a comfort level that seems genuine.
Photo of Maia, feeling good