With Rana and Mara together all the time, and Lady… well, with Lady doing Lady-things, Maia has been enjoying some extra affection from her humans.
As part of this, Maia has enjoyed going into the barn for “treatments” lately. Normally, she gets a visual inspection, tick check, and bug spray application, and anything else that may pop up, all of which can happen along a fence. Recently, she’s shown interest in coming into the barn, so we’ve been doing more thorough check-ins in the chute (with lots of treats). She doesn’t seem interested in staying in the barn for any length of time, but she likes to go inside, get some extra treats, some love, and then leave.
Walking around and moving her body is one of the best things that Lady can do to help her feet. While Lady tends to move around lots in the habitat, we have noticed she moves less when she is having a sore day. When we see she is having a ‘slow’ day, we leave lots of little piles of food for her. These piles encourage her to move around without asking her to follow. This way if she is sore and doesn’t want to walk at that moment, she doesn’t have to. Lady likes to graze and gets lots of extra food from her treatments, so she isn’t always motivated to pick up every palm frond or piece of fruit.
Maia, on the other hand, is highly food motivated in every way. After she leaves the barn, she will lie down in the mud wallow for a bit, and then walk around the yard, picking up every scrap of food she can find. We always joke, “If it is there, Maia will find it.” She doesn’t need the extra calories, but she clearly enjoys being our resident vacuum and “helping” the caregivers clean the yard by ensuring there is no food left behind to clean up.
She’s such a team player that way. ??
Photo of Maia snacking after a mud wallow nap.