Today the girls spent most of the afternoon in yard 5. They decided to explore a wooded area close to the divider fence that is not only ridiculously charming but also cool and shady. Mara did very well, and Rana made sure she stayed close. Mara is going to experience many firsts, and some can be a little intimidating for an elephant that is a bit insecure. Lady is reserved around other elephants, but fears nothing when it comes to exploration and nature. Mara loves her Rana, is doing well with Maia, but you could see the slight hesitation when entering the tree line. Of course, she doesn’t have to go, but she wanted to. She just seemed a little unsure of what she was getting herself into. But you will see in the video that she decided to take the lead after the first bit.
Maia came and joined them from time to time, walking away and going into other areas between visits. Sometimes she stands right with them while other times she’ll stand 20 yards away. Some people voiced their concern yesterday for Maia not being part of things. The reality is, a large portion of how it all plays out is her choice. Maia could stay with them for much longer; they are not walking away from her, she is choosing to leave them. This behavior is something we have seen with her and Rana in the past and may be how she decides to be for some time. Maia and Guida shared such a strong bond, but it isn’t a relationship she has seemed to have wanted with any other elephant. She likes spending some time in the company of others, enjoys a good scratching, and some touching, but then seems ready to go. More depth than that may simply be something she is not ready for yet.
Guida’s passing is still relatively recent, and Maia had a lot to work through afterward. As some people know, sometimes you have a once in a lifetime relationship that nothing else will ever compare to. If you’re lucky. She may not be ready to open up her heart again in such a way, but she is not alone and can still find solace in the companionship of other elephants when she chooses. At sanctuary, it’s all about choice. And there are elephants there when she feels it is time.
Video- Rana and Mara in the woods, with a few squeaks, some smelling and touching. Then Mara leads the way to a spot to graze. They are in yard 5 and had to walk past the pond to get where they were. Mara has yet to show interest in going in the wallow or pond.
May 20, 2020