Maia and Rana have been spending varying amounts of time together. It seems to vary a lot day to day and week to week, but they each seem to draw comfort in knowing that the other is around and available if needed. They tend to spend more time together in the afternoon, but even that ebbs and flows.
During a lot of these hangouts, they might be together, but they focus on other things. If Lady is nearby, Rana will sometimes focus on Lady instead of Maia. It just depends on her mood.
The other day, at breakfast time, Rana started heading towards the barn. She was by the training square where all the yards meet. Maia came up behind Rana, and Rana made her cute little blowing noise. She seems to use this noise mostly to announce Maia – we call it Rana’s “MAIA IS ON THE MOVE” noise. As Maia came over to Rana, she was feeling playful and put her trunk on Rana’s back. As Maia did this, she suddenly realized she was itchy, so she started moving her trunk up and down Rana’s side. She rubbed her face all over Rana’s side as she openly scratched the underside of her trunk, where it connects to the roof of her mouth.
Rana reacted with so much ear flapping and was clearly all good with what was happening. Maia came up by Rana’s face and starting rubbing her ear’s on Rana’s ears. Then Maia walked around and did the same thing on Rana’s other side.
When Maia engages in overly physical actions such as these with Rana, Rana rarely returns the behavior, but always stands still and finds a way to demonstrate that she enjoys it. That day was no exception, as Rana stood perfectly still as Maia scratched her itches all over all of Rana’s body. Rana was cute about showing how much she enjoyed it. After Maia finished scratching, the team fed the girls breakfast, and they ate next to each other.
Photo of Maia