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Mara Crosses the Creek

Early in the morning, we found Mara and Rana grazing on the north side of Yard 4 across the creek, near where Ramba is buried. They had treatment along the fence and then breakfast, afterwards choosing to spend the entire day in that area. 

It was a little odd to find Mara in that spot. She never stays there. She’ll go over for a short while, but always walks back after a short visit. The trip requires nothing more than crossing one part of the creek, but sometimes because of what captivity has done to the elephants’ brains they get mental roadblocks that they have to overcome. Mara did seem to have one about crossing the creek, but she did it on this morning – perhaps due to Rana’s encouragement.

The day’s atmosphere was light and chill. We’re not sure why Mara is suddenly comfortable staying in a spot that once challenged her, but it was truly wonderful to see her expanding her horizons and exploring a different side of the habitat.

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Comments(12)

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    Melinda says

    It helps to learn that sanctuary is returning to normal after the tragedy of Lady’s death. I’m so grateful that GSB exists to help these wondrous beings!

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Mara tan Maravillosa muy bien desafiando tus propias limitaciones,claro que la compania de tu adorada amiga te estimula y te hace sentir mas segura.Disfruta la vida vordita de mi alma junto a la especial y adorada Rana.las quieroooo🙌❣️🐘🐘❣️😘😘Muchooo

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    Carol says

    Happy for her conquests! Loved the podcast.

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    The pandemic is over, lets move some other elephants to GSE…….

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    Johnny says

    Oy vey, I am 100% sure they are trying their hardest to move other elephants to GSE. And also, thanks for the interesting post about Mara’s exploration. You go girl!

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      Sara says

      Thank you. You definitely that how we’re working so hard to get the new elephants home to sanctuary. And we’re definitely proud of Mara for exploring new horizons!

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    Zoi says

    Good achievement for dear Mara, Rana is a great mentor! 💚🫶🏻

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    Carey says

    That’s wonderful news, the year on year growth each girl makes is really eye opening. It’s so good to have you show us, I’ve learn’t a lot. It’s strange how we expect humans recovering from extreme trauma to take quite a while to recover, and they rarely do fully, at least they are changed people, but many of us don’t apply the same expectations to this hugely intelligent sensitive non-human animal. I see now.

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      Sara says

      It’s an eye opening experience, for sure.

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    Sheila says

    GOOD FOR U MZ MARA. UR EXPANDING UR HORIZONS 🤩IM SUR MZ RANA. HAD ALOT OF CHAT WITH U ABOUT UR UNFOINDED CONCERN.
    I HOPE GUILLIE IS NOT ALWAYS ON HER OWN…AS RANA SHOULD BE INCLUDING GUILLIE IN HER GROUP. SINCE RANA IS WITH MARA ALOT NOW AND BAMBI SHIFTED TO JOIN MAIA. SINCE MARA PUSHED BAMBI AWAY WHEN SHE NEEDED COMFORT@

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      Sara says

      Guille splits her time between the two groups of elephants. She’s very social.

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    Terry says

    That is a big step for Mara to take and accomplish. Rana is such a trustworthy teacher and advocate!
    I am grateful for these daily updates and for the amazing information I have been learning about all the girls on the podcast.
    I hope, one day, this long arduous red tape process ceases to exist and more elephants can be brought to sanctuary post hast!

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