Mara is settling into her new life and seems to be realizing it won’t be taken away from her. Often there is a ‘too good to be true’ mentality with new elephant arrivals, which is understandable. It manifests itself in numerous ways, depending upon the individual, but some elephants need a few days to begin to believe that it is all real and all theirs- forever. Over the top excitement is very endearing, but this act of settling down is much healthier for everyone involved.
Although Mara and Rana are still incredibly smitten with each other, now Mara is becoming comfortable with walking away from Rana to graze, drink, or inspect something that catches her eye. Mind you, they’re never much more than 30 yards apart, but she doesn’t need to be side by side continually. In the morning, if Mara and Rana are back at the barn, we separate them for breakfast and close a gate between them to ensure everyone gets their diet and supplements. Initially, this caused Mara to return to the gate and check on her friend, but it has become somewhat uneventful now that Mara understands it is only for a short time. This grounding brings a serenity that will allow Mara to embrace more of what sanctuary offers and deepen her relationships with the other girls in a more meaningful way.
We know everyone loves seeing all of the exciting steps of Mara’s arrival and progress since coming home to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, and we love sharing it. But that will slow down as things become more ‘normal’ for her here, which is a good thing- at least for Mara. 😉 As she settles in and becomes more confident in her relationships and sanctuary life, the day will become somewhat repetitive. Eat, nap, touch friends, squeak, eat, nap, walk, repeat. This is the mundane life that we wish for all elephants. It’s beautiful in its simplicity. Live feeds will become impossible with the girls wandering into the habitat, out of wi-fi range. We will continue to do at least daily posts so that it won’t be full-on withdrawal for anyone, and you’ll still know how Mara and all of the other lovely ladies are doing. The pace will just slow as she becomes part of the sanctuary. There will still be plenty of firsts and special moments to share; we don’t want people to be concerned when you begin to hear less.
Right now Maia, Mara, and Rana are all sharing the same space. It has been a relatively quiet morning although there is always some squeaks, deep rumbles, and an occasional trumpet with the lovely Miss Mara with us. ❤️
photo- Mara on the left, Rana on the right