Maia Enjoying Her Jackfruit

Maia doesn’t usually play favorites when it comes to food, but she has a special love for jackfruit. Jackfruit is incredibly sticky, has a sickly strong smell, and is definitely an acquired taste. But most of the girls really like it, and Maia will follow that smell anywhere.

Thankfully the jackfruit trees grow on the other side of the property. To Maia’s (and Shirlei’s) joy, they are currently in season.

This video is Maia trying to eat a touch underripe, 2-3 foot long (just under a meter long), jackfruit. Despite her size, it doesn’t quite fit in her mouth whole. It did however make her afternoon, and caused some smiles watching her try.

July 12, 2020


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    Nannette Stone says

    Oh, look at her face! That’s a look of pure bliss and enjoyment. She’s just adorable ❤️

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    Wim says

    Wonderful video by the way. Now everybody can see it’s really not so easy being an Elephant when you’ve got to do sticky yummy meals. Love you Maia nice to see you enjoying your life. ???

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    Sherry says

    Yum, I love fruit too, Maia.

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    Sallie Robbins-Druian says

    Maia, you are FASCINATING to watch! I LOVE the way you work your jackfruit! Very stylish and we know you are getting every little juicy bit! Lovely to see you so happy . . .

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    Paula says

    ¡El lenguaje corporal de Maia masticando el fruto, es inolvidable!, ¡Ella es muy graciosa!
    Me encanta que Maia sabe que la fuerza de su pata fractura “objetos”, divertido y terrorífico al mismo tiempo! ?❤

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    Julie says

    Yup! She is loving that jackfruit! Hehe. Enjoy that yummy comfort food, sweetie!

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    bo says

    There are no words to describe how sweet this is.
    I could just watch elephants being elephants all the time!
    Weird to think that when a human being is eating like Maia with the jackfruit, oh dear, I would cover my eyes and ears or run away from that person.
    But when an animal, esp darling elephants, eats all juicy and loud and mouth open and well, eumh, let’s be honest, eumh messy 🙂 I just melt and can’t stop watching and listening and you are just so happy seeing and knowing they are loving their food.
    Love it.
    Thank you for putting a smile upon our faces and for warming our souls with this wonderful video.

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    Ann-Marie Jacobs-Brown says

    Gummy old girl! 🙂 Never give up, never give up 🙂 🙂 🙂 xx

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    Margaret says

    Are the trees actually in their yards? Did Maia pick the jackfruit herself, or are you guys giving it to her? When the fruits are that big, did she step on it first? And was that a bunch of jackfruit juice coming off at the beginning of the video, or something else?

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      Kat Blais says

      The jackfruit trees on our property are not in the yards. There is one by the office and a couple just past the African barn. So they can only get them when we pick them. There are many techniques to try to eat them when they’re that big, it depends how soft they are. Maia did step on it to break it. and yes, that was jackfruit juice.

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    Elaine K Decker says

    Is there any chance of her getting it stuck in her throat?

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      Kat Blais says

      Maia actually has a small mouth for an elephant. If it can get in her mouth, it can get down her throat. But, although she loves her food, she does have enough manners to chew it and make sure it all goes well. 😉

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    HaHaHa… if at first you don’t succeed!

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    Sheila says

    oh maia! U know the juicy yummy things! Mangosnow jackfruit! U love ur treaties! Thats why u r so? healthy?and in great physical shapegood for u girl.

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