Because Lady has been enjoying time in Yard 5, we have opened up Yards 2, 3, and 4 to Mara, Bambi, Rana, and Maia. Maia’s level of relaxation changes in this scenario, depending on the energy coming from the other three. There are moments when she is settled and watches the group from a relatively close proximity. Other times, her comfort level is challenged and she may quickly put some distance between herself and the rest of her yard mates. She still seems to be a bit intimidated when she is near Bambi and Mara together. We have not seen any indication of an incident between Maia and Bambi – but Maia may sense a certain vibe from Bambi, indicating that Bambi is feeling protective of Mara. Maia doesn’t demonstrate a noticeable amount of fear, but her behavior suggests that she is not comfortable staying nearby at all times.
Maia has also had some really nice moments, both on her own and with Rana. Maia has always been comfortable going off on her own. Even when Guida was here, Maia enjoyed exploring the property by herself. She and Rana continue to share space and seem comfortable together. On a recent morning, Maia and Rana were next to one another at the barn. There were lots of soft rumbles and it seemed that both were really content being side by side. As we’ve seen in the past, Rana seems to have an innate sense of when other elephants need additional attention or care. When Maia is in the larger yards with the other three, she will often position herself closest to Rana. It is encouraging to see that she is at ease staying relatively close to Rana, who has been a perpetual sweetheart toward Maia for a long time.
Witnessing the dynamic among the four of them gradually shift, Maia seems to be becoming more receptive to the energy of the others, while still taking time to be her unique self.
Photo: Lovely Maia enjoying some hay