A Chilly Morning With Pocha

It’s a chilly morning here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil – an occurrence that only happens a handful of times a year. Everyone is doing well and finding their places in the sun to warm up. Pocha is apparently looking for ways to get even more dirt onto her body. πŸ˜‰

Pocha and Guille are closed in the barn for a short time while the caregivers clean their yards. Scott did a short live on Instagram last night, while both girls were in Yard 3. He was going to do one on FB as well, but they decided to nap. Although the two became quiet at that moment, they did a lot of wandering outside last night. All of their produce, spread throughout the three yards, was eaten, along with most of the hay. We haven’t put anything out deeper into the yards at this point because we want to make sure they are eating enough, but will probably start doing so this evening. Both Pocha and Guillermina seem to be spending almost as much time outside at night as inside, so we will keep encouraging them to take steps further from the barn. And it seems early morning will continue to be best suited for nap time.


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    Cintia Abney says

    Ohh my goodness!! How clever using tools!!! Such a smart lady!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️🦣🦣

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    katherine says

    love Pocha using bunches of hay to scoop up the dirt – so inventive!
    is there a map or drawing on your website of Sanctuary yards , so we can see where they are?

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    Tammy says

    Boy oh boy shes having a fun time in the dirt isnt she! It really boggles the mind to know the girls didn’t have access to dirt which is so important for elephants to have to keep bugs off and help with sun exposure thankfully they have mountains of it here πŸ₯³

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    katharine says

    Tool use!

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    Maria Monello says

    Reading this this morning has completely made my entire soon as I read β€œPocha is looking for ways to put more dirt on her body”, made my heart melt..I am sooo sooo happy knowing there are two girls who’ve waited nearly their entire lives to be elephants and live free as God intended them to live..honestly I’m crying tears of happiness while I’m typing this to youπŸ₯Ή
    Thank you Thank you Thank you for everything you’ve done for these girls to be free..momma Pocha knows she is supposed to dust bathe her and Guille and she’s so happy to finally have the freedom to put whatever she wants on her body makes me cry tears of joy for her..if she could hear me telepathically she knows we are all singing silly songs with her and baby girl Guille..this is all for you pretty are loved beyond measure 😘😘 enjoy dust bathing, this is only the beginning..wait til you see the water you girls can swim and float all day and night..YAY pookie princess you’re home..look at God πŸ˜˜πŸ’šπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’š

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    Zoi Flores says

    So beautiful to see Pocha digging with the palm leave, yeah these girls deserve a great spa time and they are in the best one.

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    Merry says

    She just used a tool!

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    bo says

    she is smiling, isn’t she!!
    how very clever, and cute, using a ‘broom’!
    i think she got it a little bit too far, right up to…yes, Guillermina πŸ™‚
    or was that the whole idea perhaps ?
    daughter asking mom for a dusty shower? πŸ™‚
    utterly happy seeing that natural behaviour!!

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    Sunny says

    Pochi Pocha Pochona 😘😘😘

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    Katie Howard says

    So happy to read all about their nighttime foraging! Pocha looks divinely happy! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ˜πŸ˜β€οΈ

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    Patricia says

    Pocha, you are a brilliant girl! I am in awe of all you elephants and every day my love gets bigger and bigger! God bless every living thing at ESB. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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    Bonnie says

    Kids will be kids

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    Anita J says

    What an insane week! Full of tears, over the top emotions…. rollercoaster of so many feelings! AND the excitement! Sleepless nights and dawn awakenings! I did not log into the blog for awhile – to busy watching all the videos, and re watching and reading all the articles. Finally I adopted Pocha and Guille – yey! AND paypal function worked this time like a dream…:-) My herd is growing..:-)) The website has not been updated as yet, as under ” Elephants” Pocha and Guille are still listed under Elephants in waiting – Mendoza 4! Plus we know Kuky and Pupy are next in line to arrive but they are nowhere to be seen – shouldn’t they be under Elephants in waiting maybe?..? or somewhere?….I know everyone has been insanely busy but maybe someone could start fixing those little bits – please..:-))) NOW I am going away to re watch yet again some of my very favourite bits from all those amazing videos!! I cannot even describe how happy I am seeing them in that paradise….strolling, munching, dusting (Pocha is The Queen of Dust)….awwww…THANK YOU!! Love you guys!

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      Sara says

      Thank you for your excitement and support. And – yes- we’ve had quite a bit on our plates recently. The website will be updated, but elephants must be tended to first and that’s an all-hands-on-deck project. Stay tuned.

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    John says

    This is amazing on so many levels – how long, if ever, has it been since she’s had dirt to use? And has she had palms in her environment either? “Wow” is all I can say!

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