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Sweet Moments with Rana and Maia

 

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

 

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Everything Here is Fine

Maia Guida and Rana

A quick post to say everything here is fine. We didn’t have time to post anything yesterday, which happens, but there was also a dam collapse in Brazil. Many people saw it on the news and were worried that it was close to the sanctuary. It was not, it’s in a different state altogether (see map below).  Everyone here is all good. Sorry for the concern, bad timing on our part apparently.

January 27, 2019

Photo: Maia on the right, Guida in the back, Rana on the left

 

LOCATIONS OF THE SANCTUARY & THE DAM COLLAPSE

Location of Brazil dam collapse map

 

 

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Dirt-Covered Elephants

Maia and Guida

A happy elephant is a dirt-covered elephant 

This morning was a sleepy, but rumbly morning for the ladies. Although Guida is always a rumble bug, this morning Maia decided she would join in as well. Maia and Rana spent some time together out in the second yard this morning being very sweet with each other.

Afterward, Maia came back to where Guida was and they had a rumble fest of their own. This caused Rana to come running over letting out one of her blaring trumpets along the way. She stopped short of joining them, and by then Maia and Guida were quiet.

All three ladies headed East at their own individual pace, Maia taking the main road, Guida wandering through the woods and Rana moseying somewhat behind.

Photo: Guida on the left, Maia on the right dripping in fresh dirt.

 

January 22, 2019

 

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The Choice is Theirs

Maia

Miss Maia up front with a Guida lump in the background. 

The girls are doing very well and alternating between all three of them spending time together and Rana going off on her own. The day after the rain storm was the first day that all three girls essentially spent the entire day together. Whenever we went out to check on them, they were all within a couple of elephant lengths from each other, relaxing and grazing. The next day they spent a few hours together and then they barely saw each other the day after that.

Part of Sanctuary is autonomy, it is the choice not to be together if they would rather not. When Maia, Guida, and Rana are close, we may encourage them to interact if they seem like they are in a good mood and it might be beneficial. But we don’t make them stay together, and there are times they choose not to. Our only goal in those moments is to attempt to foster positive interactions so they become more of the ‘normal.’ The girls are the ones that ultimately decide how their relationship evolves.

January 21, 2019

 

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3 Ladies in the Rain

The other day all three ladies ended up together in the middle of a rainstorm. Many times a big downpour is just an excuse to get very silly. Play in the rain is rarely gentle, it involves head rubbing, butt scratching, and sometimes a little pushing and back leg kicks. There is an FB video from two years ago that shows Maia and Guida playing in the rain after they first arrived and the entire session is less than gentle, but they loved it.

This time around with Maia, Guida, and Rana was no different. The three ladies would alternate between silly, push and rest. Any time Scott would start to record, the girls would get quiet (it seems to be a thing with elephants.) Besides the girls coming together and staying together for play, there are a couple of items of note. What we saw during the storm was the most affectionate we have seen the girls be with each other, although not on the video, there was a lot of rubbing and scratching on each other, along with touching. The play never became too rough, which can be of a concern, especially when you know that Rana has the ability to go over that edge as well (Rana, Rana dance party.) It seems she remains aware enough to keep herself somewhat grounded.

You also get to see Rana’s blaring trumpet response to Maia going down on her front end. This noise is the same one she lets out if either Maia or Guida try and lie down in front of her during the day. They don’t have to be within touching distance of each other for Rana to have this response. It is a behavior we may never fully understand.

Our maintenance staff happened to be working at the barn, and when the girls came closer, they were able to watch as well as our caregivers. Quite genuinely one of the guys asked if it was playing or fighting. Elephants are large and noisy and when they roughhouse it can be a little intimidating. But it’s also funny when they are all settled, and Maia can’t help but start things up all over again with a donkey kick. We stay and watch to keep an eye on things, but the reality is, all three of them enjoyed themselves.

Later on, when it stopped raining, and the girls went to walk away, Maia headed out, and as Guida went to leave, she came back to Rana and nudged her in their direction. And Rana and her cheesy grin went and walked off with the two.

 

January 17, 2019

 

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Three Ladies at the Mud Wallow

The other morning, our lovely ladies decided to spend some quality time together in the mud wallow. It was shortly after breakfast, all of them were nice and sleepy, and spent some time, side by side. There was touching between them, mostly between Maia and Rana, but all gentle and positive.

After their little session, Maia and Guida walked off into the fifth yard and Rana stayed at her tree to take a short nap. We are seeing more of these interactions, that last longer and have little or no displays of dominance. The three are far from being best friends at this point, but they all continue to work on their relationships with each other.

January 15, 2019

 

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Rana’s Rescue Page →
Maia’s Page →
Guida’s Page →

 

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