Rana visited Ramba’s grave yesterday and stayed there for several hours. She was still at the grave site at dinner time, so we took the opportunity to visit with her. Rana was quiet and seemed more reverent than sad. She seemed to be in quiet reflection, as her face was serious, yet bright. We fed her on Ramba’s grave (pictured here). Maia showed up in the area while we were feeding Rana, so she enjoyed her dinner nearby. Scott stayed with them while they ate, to be present and to pay his respects as well.
Once they finished eating, Maia walked over to Rana, as if to spend time with her. Once Maia joined Rana, Scott left to give them space to interact and focus entirely on each other without the distraction of a human on a 4wheeler.
Our focus is always on the elephants, and what is best for them, and how we can help them deepen their relationship with each other. Having a human presence shifts things with the elephants, no matter who that human is, which is why sometimes the best thing we can do is to leave them alone with each other.
This means we don’t know what happened after Maia joined Rana at Ramba’s grave, but we hope Maia provided some comfort and support to Rana.
January 10, 2020
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