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Maia’s Slow-Mo Ear Flaps

You know those people who seem to have an infinite amount of energy, but, then, the moment they stop moving, they get so tired they almost fall asleep? Maia is that type of elephant. She’s generally so bright-eyed and energetic, but once she stops to eat, you can see her eyes slowly closing most days as she struggles to choose “Do I nap first or eat first?”

This happens frequently enough that she has established “napping/eating” spots. This morning, Kat fed her breakfast under one of her favorite spots, aptly named “Sleepy Tree,” and when Scott went by around thirty minutes later, she was napping.

While she was already sleepy and slow when it was filmed, this video is slowed down even more to show her ear flaps. She is the only elephant at the Sanctuary right now who will alternate ears as she flaps, and you can really see it in this video. If you watch until the end, you can see her decide that, yes, she is too sleepy to take that last bite.

December 17, 2019

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Comments(7)

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    Maggie says

    Wow Maia, I never knew you could do that with your ears. I love ears hooman and animals. Especially if they’re cold. I love to twiddle them but I think yours would be too big and it would be dangerous too. Love you gorgeous girl. 💜💜💜💜

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    CyrAnn says

    She is absolutely adorable! She’s so relaxed and peaceful. I see she’s trying to raise her trunk to eat but she’s a sleepy head❤️🐘

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    Kelejan says

    How funny!

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    Sheila says

    OH MY GOODNESS! 🐘MAIA LOOKS VERY YOUNG AND STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL 😍 TODAY❤️!! AND THAT FLAPPING EAR RHYTHMN SHE HAS SO ADORABLE‼️👍! PLUS HER EARS R VERY LARGE AND NOT DAMAGED. LIKE SO MANY IF THE ASIAN LADIES😭😡IS MAIA POSSIBLE INDIAN?❓ HER EARS R HUGE! AND THEY SURE CAN MOVE INDEPENDANTLY! VERY COOL AND REMARKABLE! JUST NOTICING THOSE EARS S O SWEET 😍NO RAGGED AND RIPPED UP FROM BULL HOOKS‼️OTHER LADIES HAVE. SMALLER EARS EXCEPT FOR. KENYA WHO IS AFRICAN! I WISH MAIA WOULD TRY TO LOVE 💕 LADY SOON, MAIA IS VERY SNOZZIE AND RELAXED ! ID SAY SEEMS VERY CONTENT TODAY‼️👍🐘❤️🙏

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    Sherry says

    I love when I’m that sleepy. I can sleep good then. I love watching the elephants.

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    Bobi StaySee says

    Thank you, Maia, for gifting us rest and relaxation by watching you ever-so-slowly soothe your beautiful soul full self in Peace.

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    Debbie Sides says

    What a beauty Maia is and the alternating ear flap was so cool! Her droopy sleepy eyes and fuzzy head. Just love her!!

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