While Rana, Mara, Bambi, and Lady have all fallen into a routine, Maia has shown no interest in leaving Yard 5 or doing much socializing with the others, which is a routine in itself.
She spends most of her time across the creek, in the area that burned during the fire. As we’ve mentioned previously, with regrowth, that section is covered in incredibly luscious grass. She does leave that area sometimes. There is no water trough across the second creek, so she comes closer at times for a drink. Since the last big rain, the second creek has been running, so she most likely drinks from that spring-fed creek as well. She seems light and looks great. She doesn’t seem to have much interest in her humans or the other elephants, which is the beauty of sanctuary: it’s her choice and we appreciate when our elephants embrace nature over their care staff.
In the dry season, her routine is to be a pond blob every morning. In the rainy season, it’s cooler and wetter, and she pond blobs less frequently. We hadn’t seen her sleeping in the ponds—nor any signs of her doing much more than a brief splashing—since the fire. A few days ago, she was standing next to the pond in Yard 5, soaking wet, at breakfast. We don’t know if she blobbed or played, but, either way, it was nice to know that the ponds are still providing her joy. Later that day, she returned to the very back of the yard, enjoying the grass again.
Photo of Maia near the pond in Yard 5.