Rana and Lady are continuing to share space in the mornings. After Rana exits the barn, goes out into the yard, and settles in, we open the area to Lady. Lady is still choosing to walk out into the Yard with Rana daily. It’s going very well. Rana has accepted it (and Lady’s boundaries) as the “new normal.”
Most days, we separate them when Lady gets very sleepy, which is usually around lunchtime. Separating them also makes sure that Rana and Maia can spend plenty of time together.
On Monday, when Lady entered the yard, she seemed a little more watchful and a little less relaxed than she has been. It’s great that she still chose to enter the yard despite feeling a little guarded, but we noticed that she didn’t fully settle in as she had on previous days. We want to try make sure that all of her interactions with Rana are as positive as possible, so their time together on Monday was a little briefer than other hangouts. The interaction went well and ended on a positive note, which is all we hope for. Remember, once we close the gate, they can still see each other and approach each other along the fence – it just makes Lady feel extra secure.
Lady likes having a routine, and we are making this shared space with Rana part of her new routine. Humans are still observing them the entire time they are in the same yard, and they won’t share space unattended any time soon. Even once they are sharing space unattended, there won’t be any overnight sleepovers until we see Lady feeling a lot more secure.
Lady & Maia haven’t spent as much time watching each other through the fence as Lady & Rana have. We don’t see Maia demonstrate the same acknowledgment of Lady’s boundaries that we see Rana display. Maia is who she is, and we love her for that, but for Lady, Rana works better as a first elephant. For the time being, Maia and Lady aren’t sharing space. Ultimately, we expect that to change, but we can’t say when.
Overall, Lady & Rana in a yard together is going well, and we couldn’t be happier for both of them. Here is a video of the two. Rana is the closer elephant, and Lady is further away.
February 25, 2020
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