It turns out there was a bit of short video from Maia and Rana’s interactions yesterday. It was nearly impossible to write text on the video since the explanations are long and the video is not, so it will all be in the post. Everything that went on between them was 100% positive, no dominance displays and affection was mutual on both sides.
Since Rana’s ‘stalking incident’ with Maia and Guida, any time she would try to stick her trunk in their mouths, they would clamp shut- not on her trunk, but before she was able to get it in. In this video, you can see Maia is very relaxed, allows Rana to put her trunk in her mouth and reciprocates.
There was a lot of nuzzling on both sides, Rana seeming comfortable enough to rub her head into Maia. If you watch closely you can see a second or two where Rana appears to check that things are still all good, she sees they are and continues on. It’s hard to see, between the rain and the lighting, but Maia has on a very soft and sweet face.
Guida chose not to be involved at all. She didn’t try to come between them, but she also didn’t choose to be part of socializing either. She seems to be having a harder time believing that a new friend would be a nice thing to have. All in time.
January 29, 2019