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Maia Likes a Good Nap

Maia recently came in the medical chute for some footwork on her front feet. Her need for foot trimming is minimal at this point, but we still do maintenance on her pads and nails to keep them healthy. A couple of weeks ago we did her back feet; this week we moved on to the fronts.  After the trimming and filing, we let her into a stall while we put out a few piles of snacks in the yard she would be entering, and opened gates for her to go into Yard 1 with access to 5.

Typical to Maia and her tendency to equate a full belly with a nap, she fell asleep standing up within a few moments of waiting in the barn.

Scott took a couple of quick photos of her because she looked so sweet, standing there napping.  Every time he took a picture, she would open one eye wide and look at him, and then immediately return to napping. She is so charming that way.

For those wondering, her trunk is a good giveaway that she is napping. If you notice, it is curled and lying on the ground, which is a behavior you typically only see in elephants when they are asleep.

Photo of Maia, mostly asleep

Comments(19)

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    Barb says

    Precious curled trunk whilst napping!

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    Carol says

    I love seeing these candid shots (and videos!) of “our” girls. Thank you for sharing their lives with us; your posts really do make my day. Hope everyone at the Sanctuary has a wonderful day!

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    Julie says

    Precious Maia loves a good nap. A girl after my own heart 😊

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    Melinda says

    So sweet!

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    Cintia Abney says

    Gorgeous Maia ❤️❤️

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    Sue says

    A beautiful photo of our gorgeous wonderful Maia!! Love that she can pretty much nap on the go or wherever she is, lol! Another testament to Sanctuary life and feeling comfortable napping near your humans or wherever you may feel that day! Thank you to all, love you!! ❤️🐘❤️

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    katharine Odell says

    Noting that 2 more eyes will arriving soon, I’m interested in info on the sanctuary size.

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      Sara says

      The sanctuary land is around 2,800 acres, but it is not all built out because it would be incredibly expensive to do so all at one time. Beginning the process of bringing new elephants here requires that we raise funds for each new addition. It’s wonderful to know that, as years go by, we will have room to add on and create free spaces for more and more elephants. We currently have enough space in the Female Asian Habitat for Pocha and Guillermina – but we will have to expand further in order to bring in additional female Asian elephants.

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    k says

    Actually…two eles

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    Beji says

    Sweet dreams, darling girl. zzzzzzzz

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    Carol says

    Awww. So precious! Nothing like a nap to break up the day!

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    Beji says

    ZZZZZZZZZ… Sweet dreams. Precious girl

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    Pam Knaggs says

    That’s an enviable mani-pedi right there!

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    Sunny says

    😍

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    Tracy H says

    Sweet beautiful Maia. 🐘

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    SHEILA says

    OH MAIA IS SO SMART😍SHE LODGES HER BUTT AGAINST THE BACK PIPE WALL AND SIDE OF A SHUTE JUST FOR GREAT SECURITY!! MAIA 🐘LOOKS AWESOME VERY HEALTHY! SHE HAS GOOD BODY WEIGHT! AND SURE ENJOYS A NAP💤💤 NEAR HUMANS AT THE BARN!⛩PERHAPS ITS HER WAY OF GETTING ALOT OF SWEET FRUIT 🥭🍉🍌MAIAS SO BEAUTIFUL❤️! SHES BECOME SO CONTENT. BEING WITHOUT A PARTNER! SOON WE WILL SEE WHAT SHE THINKS😍 OF POCHA AND GUILLERMINA😍

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    Shirley Taylor says

    I love the updates you put on here it makes me feel close to the girls who I love. Thank you so much x

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Beautiful, sweet, mellow Maia! It is a wonderful thing to see her so relaxed that she dozes while getting her pedicure. Love her!!

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    Patricia says

    Oh, she is so adorable! I love her mani-pedi. I’m happy when elephant feet are happy. Cute and precious napper. All my love!

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