As you have seen, Maia has been increasing the amount of time she spends near the other girls. This could be the result of a combination of things – her growing confidence, Bambi’s change in energy, her bonds with old friends like Rana – but we will never know for certain.
Last week, Maia was by the pond, in the same area as Mara, Bambi, and Rana. The three girls were heading toward the barn for Mara’s dinner while, at the same time, Maia was also walking in that direction. When Maia saw the others coming down the road nearby, she became watchful, wandering away from them and into the bushes a bit.
After dinner, Maia seemed more comfortable sharing space closer to the others than usual, continuing her curiosity streak. Though she still is not ready to fully interact with them, it has become much more common to see her sharing space with them and calmly watching.
Photo of Maia, Rana, and Mara