At the end of most days, once the elephants have received their meals, Guillermina will check in with everybody – mostly being nosy and looking for extra food – but then get bored. She usually heads for the pond; the others aren’t particularly interested in an evening splash, so it tends to be a party of one.
One day this week, Bambi left Mara to watch Guille play in the pond. It was almost as though she wanted to check in on the youngster to make sure everything was okay. For a few moments, it looked like Bambi was going to also get in the pond, but eventually decided against it. So, she just stood at the edge and kept an eye on Guille.
A few minutes later, Pocha walked over and stood on the side of the pond opposite Bambi to watch Guillermina. After Guille finished playing, she left the pond near where her mother was standing and Bambi went back to Mara’s side. Though Bambi can be stern with Guille at times, she is still clearly intrigued by having such a silly, kid-like presence around. She seems curious about Guillermina and keeps an eye on what she’s doing. Perhaps Bambi thought that adult supervision was needed at the moment but, once Pocha arrived, her babysitting hours were over and she returned to the herd.