Losing an elephant is always hard – it’s hard on the caregivers, the supporters, but, most of all, it’s hard on the elephants left behind. Many of you saw that firsthand, reading our updates on Maia after Guida passed. It’s worth remembering that Maia and Guida knew each other for 40 years – they were together, sharing space, for decades, and, while they didn’t always get along pre-sanctuary, Maia simply didn’t know who she was without Guida. She’s still figuring that out a little. These things take time.
So, how is Rana? Truly, she’s ok. She’s sad, she’s quiet, and some days are better than others. All of that is to be expected. Not to minimize or trivialize her grief – it’s there, and it’s real – but even her rougher days aren’t that bad. On her quiet days, she still has silly and light moments. During treatment, she regularly makes her little squeaks. She clearly hasn’t lost herself in her sadness over losing Ramba.
She seems to want her space to process – which is something we’ve seen with many other elephants after losing a close friend. Unlike other elephants we have watched grieve, Rana never fully stopped being social – Rana is still checking in with Lady regularly, to see if Lady is ready to interact. As we mentioned yesterday, Lady is getting closer to the others, but still isn’t there yet; and Rana seems ok with it but also isn’t giving up on Lady.
When Rana & Maia meet up, they’ll spend a few hours near to each other. Neither is making an effort to stay close to the other, and Rana is just as likely to wander off from the interaction as Maia is, but there is something to be said for quietly grazing across from each other in peace.
January 8, 2020
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