Sunday Smile: Maia Hugs Bambi’s Face

The caregivers report that many times when they drive up and approach Maia and Bambi, Maia is in a pose where she’s hugging Bambi’s face. It happens so often that Maia will occasionally stop eating (it’s true!) to wrap her trunk around Bambi’s face, as a sign of affection. It’s beautiful to see that friendship and that joy and light in their eyes every day now. 

This week’s Sunday Smile video highlights that sweet action and gives a glimpse into the vocalizations that have been abundant for the last couple of weeks. The environment feels light and easy. In this clip, a very sleepy Maia hugs Bambi, who is making lots of big rumbles. The blowing and other noises are Maia. Seeing them together is a gift we will never take for granted.


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    Melinda says

    That is so sweet. I’m so happy they have each other!

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    Benita Auge says

    They so deserve this period of rest, comfort, and affection in their later years, especially as the early ones were so fraught with abuse and torture.

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    That special love makes my heart sing. Absolutely love these two.

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    Maureen says

    So very sweet!!! Maia is reassuring her friend that she is there and loves her. What more could you ask for, not a single thing!!! Love all our girls so darn much, they are all so special!

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    alana says

    WOW! Thank You for these wonderful light moments. I will watch again.

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    Wim says

    Awesome twosome giving a tears of happiness moment. 🤗🐘🐘🫶

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    Bonnie says

    I watched it twice that’s so sweet to see such affection

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    Cathe Cracknell says

    I love that! Nothing like a big hug!!!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    oh this is beautiful!!! We don’t have to worry about Bambi’s failing eyesight anymore when Maia’s around!! She’ll be there for her sister-friend!

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    Patricia says

    Just the dearest and sweetest. 💖🌸💗

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    Terry says

    Beyond precious!!! Maia is such a deeply loving soul. Such a gift to behold between these two.

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