With Lady seeming happy to spend time near the barn, we shifted Maia into Yard 4 with Mara and Rana.
Karissa and Shirlei were having a training session with Mara and Rana near the 4B water trough when Maia walked over. They assumed Maia was looking to have a training session of her own – or at least she wanted human attention and treats. As Maia approached, Rana and Mara walked away. Shirlei and Karissa needed more treats for Maia, so they quickly headed to the barn to grab more supplies.
When they returned, they saw all three – Mara, Rana, and Maia – in the pond together. The three were entirely in the pond. Upon realizing this, the humans did not slow down the four-wheeler but immediately left the area. If they stayed, there was a chance that one – or more – elephant would head over to the fence looking for treats. They did not want to disturb the elephants or risk interrupting what was happening.
We have seen Mara and Rana splashing along the edge while Maia naps in the pond, but we’ve never seen all three in the water like that before. We aren’t sure if they were splashing and playing or standing there quietly. No matter what they were doing, we are happy to see their relationships continue to progress and deepen.