Frequently, filming the elephants doesn’t go as planned. This video is a great example of that. ? While most of the footage is unexpected close-ups of a charming Maia, Scott recorded Rana engaging in a behavior we have noticed a few times now.
A few times recently, as Maia has approached, Rana has done something we call “silly head.” It’s the head waggle and body shake at the beginning of this video. It is a play behavior, and it is her trying to engage Maia in play. Attempting to play shows Rana is feeling comfortable enough in their growing friendship to want to be silly in that moment. It indicates that Rana is not just receptive to Maia’s attempts at friendship, but that she is reciprocating as well.
For those who joined us after Guida passed away, it’s important to note that Maia has a silly side. Like much of Maia’s personality, her silliness is full throttle at times, and it can be a bit overwhelming to anyone not expecting it. We don’t know if Maia just hasn’t been in the mood or if she is holding herself back. It will be interesting to see just what Mara thinks of an over-the-top silly Maia when it happens.
In this video, Maia ignores Rana’s invitation to play. In Rana’s recent attempts, we have seen Maia respond and engage with Rana when she does this, but we haven’t seen her get silly back.
August 18, 2020