Shirlei recently witnessed Maia standing near Rana during dinnertime, when Rana was with Bambi and Mara. As you likely know, Maia has been coming closer and closer to Mara, Bambi, and Rana, and everything has been relaxed. On this day, Maia actually felt comfortable enough to walk right up to and touch Rana, eventually even stealing the palm front Rana was eating. The scenario was all very calm and lighthearted.
After about 10 minutes, Shirlei saw that Bambi and Rana had switched places, but neither Maia or Bambi walked away. In the past, when Bambi approaches, Maia’s instinct is to retreat. Maia may be intimidated by the protective nature Bambi has toward Mara. But Bambi’s continued explorations with Rana may be allowing her to gradually let down her guard a bit with Maia. Bambi still goes running when Mara calls, but Bambi’s increased self-confidence could be helping Maia ease into the group as a whole.
The photo shows Maia, Bambi, Mara, and Rana.