Mara and Rana have been side by side since Mara’s arrival. Whenever we saw one, the other was usually right there, mere feet away. Lately, they’ve been showing comfort being a little further apart.
Scott recently went to feed and found Rana along the fence that separates Yard 4 & Yard 5. Mara was nowhere in sight. He turned off the 4wheeler to listen for a few moments.
In the silence, he heard anything but quiet. Rana and Mara were rumbling back and forth. Mara was using her deep-frequency rumbles that resonate over long distances. Mara was in the trees, so Rana turned around to head that way. They ended up reuniting in the bushes, and there were lots of vocalizations and rumbles. Once they came out of the bushes, they both followed Scott quite quickly for breakfast.
The team – especially those who live on the sanctuary property – can frequently hear Rana and Mara “reuniting” in the middle of the night and throughout the day. There will be lots of rumbling and airy trumpets. More rarely, there are bellows. As we go out to check on the girls, we are starting to see that they regularly are not side by side. They are becoming more comfortable wandering away from each other, yet still celebrating when they come back together. It’s great to see that independence in both of them. It’s a positive step for Mara and Rana that they can be apart but still maintain communications through trumpets and squeaks, even when they aren’t in sight of each other. It shows that their relationship is moving in the right direction.
August 28, 2020