The Watermelon Life Part I: Maia



Rana and Maia were both very sleepy this morning – they apparently had a busy night having a lot of fun and are often tired when we find them together in the mornings. A little bit after breakfast, the team

brought Rana over to the fence for her morning treatment. Maia was nearby, so she came along too, looking for treats.

Sleepy Maia is generally a happily compliant Maia. She walked over to Kat along the fence and immediately leaned into the bars. She stood very still and did everything Kat asked her to do. She wouldn’t move from any position until Kat asked her to shift her body. Then she would move her body the bare minimum, lean on the bars and be perfectly still again.

Kat was able to take her time and give Maia a very detailed tick check and bug spray application. Maia was delighted – she was pretty sure she was getting treats just for taking a standing nap. So she drifted in and out of naps as she drifted in and out of snacks. Kat joked that Maia would’ve stayed there for hours – or at least until treats ran out.

Once her morning check was over (& the pile of treats gone), Maia headed to the pond for a few hours.

What was sleepy Rana like for her morning treatment? We’ll tell you tomorrow in Part 2 of this post!

Photo Maia enjoying some watermelon (& yes, there will be a picture of Rana with watermelon for tomorrow’s post – these girls are living the watermelon life!)

March 9, 2020


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  1. REPLY
    Patricia says

    The watermelon life is a great life! I’m with Maia–nap and treats, the best life! As always, big smoochies to these wonderful girls.

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    Maggie says

    Maia you are so good letting Kat check you for tick etc while you were napping ??that water melon looks good.

  3. REPLY
    Kelejan says

    Our elephants make me laugh.

  4. REPLY
    Jean Tryon says

    LOL! Maia looks only half-awake as she munches on melon. Such a tough life for a sanctuaried elephant! ?

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    Julie says

    Sanctuary is in a way our big apology for these ladies past, so I’m so glad it’s a wonderful, healing, happy, sunshine, breezy, and watermelon-sweet apology!

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    CyrAnn says

    Love getting the updates!!!!!!!
    These ladies are such cute characters!!!!!!!!!!
    Love them to pieces!!!!!!!!!

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    Sherry says

    Anything for that watermelon! Love it myself.

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    Sallie Robbins-Druian says

    Maia looks stunning in hot pink! The color brightens her face . . .

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    When Maia is enjoying treats, sleeping, going wherever and whenever she wants. I just have to think she must say to herself “Maia are you really here? Is this a wonderful dream of paradise?

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    Rosie P says

    Oh, these girls are so wonderful! I love reading the posts and really getting a feel for their individual characters.Love the way supporters are kept informed with such detail of their progress and daily life. I feel so much a part of the sanctuary family.

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    Muriel Servaege says

    I find the ladies adorable!

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    Carey says

    so so funny, that Maia is a girl aint she? love getting updates about her, maybe she likes some protected physical contact with Kat also? I’m very happy she is enjoying life again and is well

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