Sunday Smile: Lady and Maia

For this week’s Sunday Smile, we thought we’d open a little window into what Lady’s days can be like. There are some times when it might seem to an outsider as though Lady is completely solitary and has no contact with the other elephants, but there’s a difference between being truly alone and wanting your own space. Of course, she’s shared a yard with both Mara and Rana on multiple occasions, but the energy of the other girls seems a bit much for her – at least when it comes to common space. Still, no matter what, she’s surrounded by other elephants who she can choose to communicate with whenever she feels the desire. She does have interactions with the other girls, so she’s never actually on her own. 

Here, you can see Lady in Yard 5 with Maia – who was in Yard 4 along the fence dividing the two yards – in the background. Though Maia isn’t directly next to Lady, there’s an excellent chance that they communicated in some way while she was nearby. Both elephants seemed really calm about their closeness and eventually went about their separate afternoons, happily grazing and enjoying the sunshine.

Photo of Lady with Maia in the background


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    Gioia Perry says

    Maia is a friend to everyone. What a sweet gal.

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    Maureen says

    I think the big deal here is that they both chose to be in each other’s company. The fence doesn’t matter, they each chose to stay and enjoy the other’s presence and companionship. For someone who is an introvert like Lady (and me), occasional quiet companionship can fill your cup to the brim and be very fulfilling! Glad sweet Maia could oblige!!

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    Barb says

    I really appreciate your thoughts regarding Lady. I often think she is all alone (her choice) but seeing this photo and your comments have enlightened me.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    This is incredibly helpful for us Lady-worriers! I thought when they’re in separate yards that they’re farther apart and maybe couldn’t see each other. Thank you so much for this picture that’s worth way more than a thousand words!!!

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    Gayle Janzen says

    Being a fellow introvert, I couldn’t agree more! We introverts need to stick together, except then we prefer to be alone. 😀 I can totally relate to Lady who is happy being who she is and is able to fix the kind of companionship she needs when she needs it. Love you, Lady!

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    Patricia says

    Thank you for this! I think of Lady often, and do worry that she’s missing out in her social life. I love her and I’m happy to see her! xoxoxo

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    Johnny says

    I imagine there’s a lot that gets communicated between elephants which we couldn’t ever understand. Thanks for the post.

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    Beji says

    How much we humans can learn from these beautiful ladies heart 💜

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    Shelley Russell says

    Thank you Sarah for sharing this about Lady. I do often think about her being alone most of her time, as elephants are very social animals and and live in family groups you would think they might crave companionship but they all have had their individual challenging past which of course affects how they behave now . How wonderful to be free but lovingly cared for 🥰

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      Sara says

      Lady is social in her own way, just not always in the way that humans would wish for her to be. But we’re doing our very best to make her comfortable.

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