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Rana’s Visit to Ramba’s Grave

Rana at Ramba's grave

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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Comments(13)

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    SHEILA says

    AAAHHH THANKYOU🙏 VERY MUCH FOR HELPING SWEET RANA AT THIS TIME AND DEAR MAIA ALSO! POOR LADIES. 2 LOSSES IN 6 MONTHS GUIDA AND RAMBA! SO SAD FOR THEM! 💔🐘🐘💔. IT WAS NICE BOTH LADIES HAD TREATS OUT THERE AND COULD TALK TO EACH OTHER! IM SURE THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER TIMES TOO! DO U THINK MAIS VISITS GUIDAS GRAVE ALOT TOO?? AS WELL AS RANA OCCASIONALLY! RANA LOVED GUIDA TOO! IM BEGINNING TO THINK MZ LADY KNOWS THERE HAS BEEN DEATH THERE AND THATS WHY SHES SO SHY OF MAIA AND RANA??? HOW IS SWEET LADYBUG? HOPE ALL LADIES R HAPPIER TODAY🙏

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    Shirley Taylor says

    Thank you for this lovely update on Rana and Maia we have so much we could learn from these beautiful girls. I shed tears of joy and sorrow for all captive animals that come to your beautiful home for them to spend the rest of life in freedom and love not cruelty by you and the wonderful team you have helping you. XXXX

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    Patricia says

    They are astonishing, intelligent, profoundly wonderful beings. As usual, I am filled with love for them, and admiration for the humans who have made these peaceful, loving interactions and relationships possible.

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    Barb Wilson says

    What more do we need to know that elephants are sentient beings than to hear this deeply moving story about Rana visiting Ramba’s grave. Tears and love for Rana abound and we too miss Ramba.

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    Lori Hoover says

    My heart, my heart, my heart. I’m hoping they were a comfort to each other, maybe all they needed was each other’s presence and acknowledgment. Whatever each may have been looking for, I hope they found it.

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    Sallie Robbins-Druian says

    ❤️😊❤️ How precious and sweet of Rana & Maia! Such respect, admiration and sincere love for each other . . . So happy there is progress between Maia and Rana. They do need each other, they know it, and a little time after mourning will get them together. That that both recognize Ramba’s passing is significant and very touching . . . It will all come together t he way it is supposed to be. Bless you Rana and Maia 🙏🏻 and 💐R I P Dear Beautiful Ramba, Please watch over your BFFs on earth . . . They love and miss you terribly. Like we do . . . ❤️

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    We don’t deserve these precious creatures

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    Carey says

    so so moving.

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    Kelejan says

    You always know the right thing to do. We love you as much as we love the elephants. Bless you all.

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    Sarah Bedford says

    Thank you for this lovely and very moving update.
    It just shows how incredibly sensitive and intelligent elephants are.
    Rana is free to remember and grieve the loss of her sister as she should be, and I also hope that Maia is OK and able to be of comfort and support to her.
    Tears of love and support to you all.
    We miss you terribly beautiful Ramba 💔💔😥🐘🐘

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    Sherry says

    Thank you from the bottom of heart for giving Guida and Ramba a peaceful and beautiful sanctuary to live before their passing.

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    Debbie Sides says

    Bless their sweet souls. Not easy when you lose a friend. Guida left a hole in Maia’s heart. Good to see she is tending to Rana and the empty spot in her heart for Ramba. Maybe Lady can bring them all closer together once she feels more comfortable around them to let them in.

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Thank you so much for this touching update. I love and appreciate the thoughtfulness and respect you give to these precious girls that deserve it so much.

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