To continue Tuesday’s post – Does Maia love us?
Maia loves food (except for sunflower seeds ?). She also appreciates food. Her feelings towards humans are a little more complicated.
When Maia first arrived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil in 2016, she didn’t love or trust anyone. She had spent the previous five years chained on a farm, with limited human or elephant contact because of her aggression. Kat and Scott were the first humans Maia associated with sanctuary life. It was Kat & Scott who initially helped her learn to trust and love, so she has a different bond with them.
Maia isn’t very open to people she doesn’t know. She tends to give any new person she meets a pretty hard time, which makes it harder (& slower) to introduce new caregivers to her. Maia tends to be a little guarded and standoffish with new folks, which makes sense due to her past. Maia has a very deep appreciation for Kat & Scott, but it’s hard to say if that appreciation equates with love. Maia loved Guida, that was incredibly clear, she was over the moon about her. The good thing is, we don’t feel the need to put her affections into a labeled box in regards to her humans. We all adore her and are glad to be part of her new life. Love means different things to everyone, and whatever she feels about us, it still brings joy.
Photo of Maia, mid-ear flap, with one of her true loves – dinner.