In the past few days, we’ve noticed Rana & Maia spending a lot of time together. We’ve observed them spending more and more time together since Ramba’s passing, but it has very recently shifted into something more noteworthy.
We’ve done a few posts lately on their relationship and how it seems to be evolving. However, in the past 3-4 days, Rana and Maia seem to be within the vicinity of each other throughout most of the day. Neither is wandering away or splitting up.
A fair amount of the time, they are pretty close – just a few elephant lengths away, but other times they are also touching and hanging out. The touching isn’t only with their trunks, but their bodies as well – we may see them butt to butt or side by side, just making sure they are linked physically in some way.
We don’t know where this is going or what it means; at this point, it’s just a change we have noticed in them. It seems like the two are consciously and intentionally spending more time close to each other. As part of this shift, Rana seems more relaxed in Maia’s company than she generally is. Maia also looks a little softer than she usually does.
This new behavior pattern might be temporary, or it could be something more. It’s too soon to tell, but all that matters is that they both seem happy about it.
Photo is of Rana, mid-happy-ear-flap.
January 21, 2020
- PO Box 2426
- Brentwood, TN 37024
- (615) 435-9523
- Ways to Support
- GSE Merchandise
Debbie Sides saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 10:12 am
I hope it does develop into a close friendship. I hope Lady lets them in a little more. Maybe Mara can help Lady take her guard down more. All in good time at their own pace. Sanctuary does wonders for all.
Kelejan saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 10:20 am
I feel sure that elephants live in the now even though they may remember all the bad things that happened in their live. as they have good memories. The other day I saw some terrible pictures of elephants that were just skin and bone and they were under the “care” of humans. It broke my heart and I just wished that I could transport them immediately to GES so that they would know the love and care they would have there. I am so happy for every elephant that gets the chance to end up under your loving care. Rana and Maia are so fortunate that they have time to bond even more. Bless all of you for all the work you do.
Carol saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 10:29 am
I am glad for the new closeness whether it be temporary or permanent. Apparently, this is desired by both ladies, but time will tell.
Carey saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 11:28 am
well well how interesting and nice for them both, and for you watching it happen
Sherry saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 11:59 am
Animals need to be close just like humans. They are connecting and taking care of each other’s emotional
Liora saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 1:10 pm
That is so sweet. I wonder if they understand each other’s loss and are comforting each other now Maia understands that Rana is also grieving? Very comforting to see this. Thank you so much for all of your updates. ❤️?❤️
Sheila saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm
GREAT NEWS,,‼️IM THINKING MAIA ?BEGAN TO PROCESS HER GRIEF FOR GUIDA IN SOLITARY WHEN RANA? KNEW ?GUIDA 3X AS LONG AS SHE KNEW ?RAMBA! PERHAPS RAMBAS DEATH TRIGGERED UNDERSTANDING IN MAIA THAT RANA WAS PROCESSING GRIEF ALSO? I REALLY THINK THIS SOFTENED MAIA TOWARD RANA AS WHEN RANA ARRIVED MAIA WAS ON GUARD THAT RANA NOT COME BETWEEN GUIDA AND HER SISTERHOOD‼️ YES LOVELY FOR THEM BOTH. RANA REALLY LOOKED TOWARD LADY AFTER RAMBAS DEATH BUT LADY DIDNT ENGAGE! IM VERY HAPPY ? RANA AND MAIA R BONDING!?‼️? HOPE ?LIL LADY JOIN RANA AND MAIA SOON?
Muriel Servaege saysJanuary 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Animals also need friends and I’m pleased to see what’s going on between Rana and Maia.
Subscribe to our Blog
Shop & Support Elephants
Visit our online store and and help spread the word about the need for sanctuary for captive elephants.
Give Through Our Wishlist
Shop and choose a treat or much-needed item for one of the elephants.
Global Sanctuary for Elephants
Stay connected with our herd
"*" indicates required fields
MISSION: Protecting, rescuing, and providing sanctuary for elephants worldwide.
Global Sanctuary for Elephants is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt, public charity status (EIN 46-3564818) and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
© Global Sanctuary for Elephants. All Rights Reserved
Your ticket for the: Time Together