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Maia, Mara, and Rana in the pond

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.

Comments(14)

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    Cintia Abney says

    Oh awesome!! This is really nice, like in the past Maia, Guida and Rana. Can you watch them through the cameras?

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      Kat Blais says

      yes, when we get back to the barn or the office.

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    Nannette Stone says

    Girls having a pool party. Lovely they are spending quality time together

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    John says

    And where is Miss Little Bambi Bad Ass? Out getting party supplies for New Year’s Eve?

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    Linda says

    That is a GREAT picture of Maia’s fuzzy hair-do! <3

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    Lynne Russert says

    Great progress!!!!

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    FRANCINE FORD says

    ADORABLE pic of Ms Maia. Bless her fuzzy little head! Sounds like they all said “pffft” to waiting for the humans to come back & decided to all go for a dip. The beauty of SANCTUARY…ellies doing ele things on ele time. Ahhhh
    ❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤

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    SHEILA says

    AAAHHH. SO AWESOME‼️ I WISH UR GALS WOULD HAVE TAKEN A PICTURE‼️ AHH HOW SWEET! ❤️ MARA🐘 MUST BE FEELING BETTER, RANA FORGAVE MAIA ABOUT THE TAIL IN MOUTH EVENT‼️ SO NICE MAIA IS CONGENIAL AND WANTED TO BE WITH THE OTHER LADIES‼️. LOVE THIS NEWS😍YES HOPE WE GET TO SEE THAT AGAIN IN NEW YR🙏THANKS FOR UPDATE! IM SMILIN😀

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    SHEILA says

    OH I JUST CANT SAY HOW EXCITED THIS WAS ….3 LADIES IN THE POND!!! WOW! A MINI HERD!❗️I WONDER IF SCOTT MADE A LARGER POND WITH HIS EXCAVATOR LIKE FOR 10 BIG LADIES❓❓THEN THE ENTITRE HERD PLUS POCHA AND GILLIE AND MADISEN ? CAN ALL SOAK. TOGETHER??? WOW THAT WOULD BE A MAJOR 🐘HERD 🐘EVENT❗️

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    Beji says

    What a great picture! Kudos to the photographer!!!

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    Kelejan says

    Just wonderful. Letting them go at their own pace makes their bonds even stronger.

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    Jillyp says

    Absolutely lovely news. Three eles in the pond together, it’s so exciting they are comfortable with each other and got to the stage they want to do that. Ladies spa day ❤️🌸 The first thing I noticed from the pic is how beautiful Maua’s toes are looking- look at those shining nails ✨ … and her hairdo really makes me laugh, she is so funny 🥰🐘🌸💦🐘🐘🐘

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    Rosie P says

    Enjoying time together! In their case, three is company! Great to know of this blossoming friendship, Maia spending time with her sisters when she wants to and feeling it’s OK at other times to go off on one’s own.

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    Nancy Shaw says

    HAHAHAHA Bambi Bad Ass !!!!!

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