Good morning. It’s a nice lazy, sleepy morning with Rana and Mara. After a night of chatter and touching the girls could use a nap. 😉 Everyone is doing well at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil and the plan is to let Maia into an adjoining yard later today. There will be a fence between her and Mara and Rana, but it will give them a better opportunity to say hello.
We will try to post the video of Mara and Rana’s first touches through the fence after it is put together (when we have time) and then when we opened up between the two. For those who want to learn more about Rana, you can go to her page here and see why she is so loveable.
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Susan saysMay 17, 2020 at 11:56 am
As another person mentioned in the video above, the tears of joy are flowing freely. This has to be one of the most beautiful moments i have been able to witness. To see these girls experience so much emotion and joy and to think that they possibly might know each other from the past, it is just truly incredible. Thank you for everything!!! ❤️?❤️?❤️
Wim Diepeveen saysMay 17, 2020 at 12:14 pm
Good morning to you all. Thanks Scott for your Elephant Master Class. Wonderful to see two loving ‘sisters’ free and sleepy.
Have a wonderful day. ????
Karen Bonadio saysMay 17, 2020 at 12:16 pm
Did anyone else think that when Rana extended her truck to Scott, that she was actually thanking him for bringing Mara to her!
Lori Hoover saysMay 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm
I really don’t have adequate words to express how amazing it is to watch this booming blossoming of love between Rana and Mara. It’s obvious how two sided it is, Mara is so brave so fast. It is great to see them tired out and needing a bit of rest after their all night love fest and party. I probably need the rest, too. It feels like I’ve been computer surfing and hopping all over, site to site, to keep up with the lovely ladies. I am looking forward to seeing how it goes for everyone today as well. We’ve been so spoiled the past day or two, with videos and updates. I know the day will come that we will probably suffer elephant withdraws, after all, I know the pace of updates can’t continue, and that’s fine. As long as the good times for the elephants goes on……….that is all that matters.
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysMay 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm
That Rana! That Mara! How wonderful they have opened up their hearts to each other. It was one of the most wonderful things I have heard when they first greeted, trumpeted, squeaked in joy and happiness at seeing each other. Thank you Scott!
Paula saysMay 17, 2020 at 1:03 pm
Dios mío, esto es reparar el daño que se les ha hecho a estas maravillosas chicas!
Esta situación es sanadora para ellas y para las personas que hemos sufrido su cautiverio toda la vida.
Gracias nuevamente a Scott y Kat por lograr este cambio en la vida de los elefantes! Los amo?
Nancy Nortell saysMay 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm
How wonderful that they are slowly getting along!!! Blessings everyone!
Diana Giraldo saysMay 17, 2020 at 2:17 pm
Feel so happy for both. I expect everything is coming well for Mara. She deserves it. You make me cry a lot guys with the short video about her first scratch at the tree….Thank you GS for all this effort and work.
Tammy saysMay 17, 2020 at 11:13 pm
Hi everyone beautiful moments of love being shared between the girls they are so incredibly comfortable and so relaxed around each other it truly does bring tears of joy knowing first and most importantly they’ve made it to Heavens sanctuary on earth but that they really could know each other is just incredible which leads me to the question could it be possible they are sisters and could you do a DNA test on them to find out? Thanks guys much love and hugs to all from Minnesota ??
EleComposer saysMay 18, 2020 at 2:37 pm
We have no idea if they could be sisters. It’s not likely, but anything is possible. There is probably someplace that could do DNA testing. We have looked into it to use as an alternative method to microchipping out-of-country elephants, and neither Chile or Brazil had a place that offered it. So the only option is to export blood samples outside of Brazil – and that would require all of the CITES policy and procedures be followed as are followed to import/export endangered species (like were followed to bring Mara from Argentina and Ramba from Chile). So, we will never know.
Elke Riesterer saysMay 17, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Hearthugs to you Scott and Kat for keeping us so beautifully informed of the unfolding relationship between Rana and Mara. Tears of joy is what I send to you!!! It is a profound experience to see this mammalian friends express what many humans miss. The emotional sphere is what needs healing otherwise we as humans are doomed. You as a sanctuary are modeling what can bring out the better angels along with the resident elephants. With immense gratitude and on-going support – E.
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