When Maia, Rana, and Mara are sharing space, there are many days when it feels like they spend the entire day taking turns in the pond. Our team will check the cameras and see Maia in the pond. A little bit later, we will look and see Rana & Mara. Next time, it will be Maia again.
The others tend to spend shorter amounts of time in the pond, but when Maia is in the pond, she usually spends a long time there due to her preference for sleeping in the pond.
Recently, Maia was being a pond blob when Rana and Mara approached from the opposite side. They contemplated whether or not to go into the pond for a little while. Rana eventually decided it was too tempting to pass up. She didn’t submerge, but stood there, with all four feet in the water, doing some light splashing. Mara remained along the edge. After a few minutes, Rana walked out of the pond in the other direction. Mara kept splashing on the edge of the pond while Rana dusted and hung out in the shade a few feet away. Mara remained in place for about twenty minutes before joining Rana near the water trough. The entire time this was occurring, Maia continued lying down and didn’t move or respond to either elephant.
That moment was the first time we’ve seen them get in the pond while Maia was in it. We’ve seen them put their toes in and splash along the edge with Maia in there, but we haven’t seen them go all the way in as Rana did. It shows their continually growing comfort with Maia – which is excellent because Maia spends a lot of time in our various ponds and mud wallows!
Photo of Maia enjoying a splash from the hose along the fence another day.
September 2, 2020