Observing Maia’s Ear

You may have noticed at some point that Maia has scar tissue on her right ear which looks like a puffy area towards the base of her ear. It’s about the size of a hand and has been there since she came to sanctuary; we suspect that it’s a result of bullhook use in her past. 

This week, as caregivers were feeding her breakfast, they thought the spot was possibly getting larger. Scott came over and looked at the scar tissue, assuring them that, because of what it is, it shouldn’t be getting larger and confirmed that it wasn’t. He used this moment as an opportunity to let the caregivers touch it and feel how solid it is. When we do bloodwork on Maia, we always use the other ear, so none of them had ever felt how dense the spot actually is. It’s not soft to the touch. 

Maia, of course, didn’t mind. Scott brought her some fruit, which she readily took and let them have a thorough look at her ear. Ultimately, the caregivers not only demonstrated their observation skills, but they also got a learning opportunity – Maia got an extra snack for being so cooperative.

Photo of Maia


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    Sheila says

    Maia. Is a good lady. She’s been always great with Scott I believe since he rescued her. She ❤️ and lives her life very well in sanctuary. After cirus life she well deserves her freedom at thus sanctuary of heavenly jungle!!

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    Carol says

    Poor Maia…I would like to abuse her abuser in kind!!!
    Kisses for our dear girl…

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      Sara says

      It’s always hard to think about their pasts, but their present is so healing.

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    Cathe Cracknell says

    People who abuse animals deserve to be in prison. For life! Thank God Maia is with you and able to enjoy sanctuary life. Lots of hugs and kisses for this sweet girl! 😋

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    Patricia says

    Thank God you are at ESB, beloved Maia. Love to everyone.

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    Carey says

    Bless her heart. The violent abuse these elephants go through is sickening. Glad she liked her treats 💛

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    Heather Parsons says

    Considering some past treatments, Maia is an example of how elephants can, when given time forgive human violations and go on to lead lives of tolerance with us.

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    Tammy says

    My heart just breaks hearing the word bullhook they are extremely painful torture devices which should be outlawed period! Sweet Maia such a beautiful love bug she’s been through so much during her life i thank God she’s finally able to enjoy just being an elephant free to do whatever her lil heart desires! Thank you Scott, Kat and crew sending love and hugs to our amazing precious girls 💞 🤗

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    Terry says

    I’m always so impressed by the animal kingdom. We all know any kind of abuse by humanity needs to end. Sanctuary provides that ending and the girls are Angels here to help us get it right!!!

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    Beji says

    Sweet girl

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