Today Maia and Rana spent some more time together. At this point, it’s still brief moments, but the respect Rana is showing Maia is incredibly endearing.
The girls had gone their separate ways this morning, but after a bit, Maia came over to where Rana was. It’s a tree in the first yard that Maia and Guida spent many mornings napping when Maia was simply too deep into a food coma to venture into the habitat right away. Today it was a different combination of elephants under the tree.
Later on, Maia and Rana were at one of the water troughs together- splashed a little and drank together. They had a palm after, each eating their own and then walked off. The fact that Maia is willing to engage is a big step. We have seen elephants who have lost their closest friend, who didn’t want other elephants in their presence for weeks. Each is an individual, and each needs their own space to process the loss, but we are grateful that Maia hasn’t closed herself off from the world and tried to do this alone.
Thank you to everyone who not only sent their heartfelt thoughts to Guida but who also is sending love and strength to Maia. She is an extremely sensitive girl, and she could use the emotional support from her sanctuary family.
June 28, 2019