Sunday Smile: Maia Gets Closer

We make an effort to remove ourselves from the everyday lives of the elephants, except when  necessary. We find that the fewer interactions with humans the girls have, the more content they become and the more they focus on their relationships with each other. Many of you may not realize that the “close-up” photos and videos we take of the girls are filmed from a distance with cameras zoomed in. So, when things look as though they are in extreme closeup, there’s at the very least a body’s length of distance between the caregiver and the elephants. 

For this week’s Sunday Smile, Maia comes near the fence as Scott stops by after a breakfast run. Humans are often associated with food, so the elephants tend to come close when they see people, hoping that snacks will be provided. In this case, Scott just came by to check on Maia, who stopped at the fence out of curiosity. The zoomed-in video shows all of Maia’s gorgeous features, like her pink nose and ears and, of course, her lovely fuzzy head.


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    Sandy Crile says

    Maia is so beautiful. Looks like she is wearing a barrette on top of her fuzzy head or a very simple fascinator. I love their fashion sense!!

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    Maureen says

    Our beautiful Maia!!!

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    Shelley Russell says

    She is beautiful with her speckled pinkness!

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    Sheila says

    I think many times the ladies do want to be talked to and petted. They can tell there is NO one harmful near. They can smell who would be Evil and harm them. I’ve seen this in WILD videos. As well of the countless lady elephants Lek Chaliert of ENP. Has rescued and mind of them are dangerous to humans inspire of the ENDLESS BRUTALITY THEY HAVE ENCOUNTERED MOST OFTHEIR LIVES. ELEPHANTS KNOW WHO IS KIND AND LOVING AND THEY NEVER ACT AGAINST THESE HUMANS THAT I HAVE SEEN.

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    Jeanine says

    I want to give her a big hug.❤️

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