Volume up but maybe not too loud. 😉
OK, so here is the first of the videos that Scott promised you. I will preface this again with- this is not aggression; this is a level of joy that is so intense Rana does not know how to process it. I will post links to other videos that show Rana’s first moments with other elephants so you can see how she usually is. This is very different for her, and part of why we think it’s possible that they crossed paths at some point in the past. We don’t know this for sure, but it is a possibility. The only other time Scott has seen elephants respond like this upon introduction in his 30+ years working with elephants was when Jenny and Shirley recognized each other after many many years.
The barn is open to outside. Either Mara or Rana could come and go as they pleased. We always like to give them the choice to stay or go, so at any time during this interaction, Mara could have walked away. She was surprised by a noise or two, but she not only chose to stay, but towards the end, was still interested in going closer and backing up to Rana. Both girls vocalize throughout the video. All of the squeaks are Mara (on the left side of the barn), all of the trumpets are Rana, but Mara also bellowed a bit throughout.
While the noises are loud, the vibrations are much more intense. Their deep rumbles vibrate your entire body. One of our staff that was welding up the hill felt it and shut his machine off to see what was going on. Only then could he hear the elephants. There is so much emotion that goes into the noises you hear, and it’s beautiful. Rana is our reserved girl, patient and gentle; to see her express herself in such a way shows how much she is feeling.
Those of you who saw the afternoon live feed know that the next interaction was much quieter and calm. We will put together a video of that as well, so people get a better glimpse of their first touches with each other. ❤️
One last thing, we love to answer questions, but won’t be coming back to this post this evening. We have a lot of catching up to do with videos and comments from earlier in the day. And elephants, Alma, and Milo to take care of at the end of the night.
May 16, 2020
Links to Rana’s first moments with Maia and Guida and Ramba: