On a recent evening, it seemed that Maia was particularly in tune with her surroundings and was moving around and interacting with others in a very light way. As many of you know, Mara, Bambi, and Rana are often inclined to come to the barn for dinner. This evening, Maia was not too far away from the barn and all four headed there together, with Maia actually going into the yard first. This was a little bit unusual, because she doesn’t often share the smaller yards with all three of those ladies at once.
As Maia passed by the barn, she spotted some food that had been put out for Lady earlier in the day; she grabbed a flake of hay and a palm frond for a snack, then walked to the back of the yard and down toward the mud wallow – free and easy as can be.
Later that evening, the caregivers were putting Mara’s extra evening food out for her in the habitat and came across Maia, who had just emerged from the pond. She was glistening and looked lovely and cool – all set for an evening graze. We don’t know exactly where Maia went during the evening or how she got there, but she seemed to have taken a trek across the property. And nothing compares to a night swim after a relaxing, easy day.
Photo of Maia during a swim