Most of you know that we use protected contact when working with the elephants here at sanctuary. That is done for their protection and for ours – but we want the elephants to feel as free from human expectations as possible; that can mean physical separation. We enjoy sharing videos of the girls that show their faces, expressions, and individualities. Sometimes that means that fencing is in the frame during those videos.
But fencing doesn’t stop relationships from growing. When individuals connect and have an honest bond, a fence or a gate isn’t a barrier for exchange of communication. Relationships can grow in a protected contact environment, as you have seen and can see here.
P.S.: Here, the girls were eating along the fence line where the training walls are, which means the horizontal bars are closer than they would be with normal fencing. The video starts with Guillermina, who walks behind Mara, then Maia (who is watching to make sure Guille doesn’t take any of her hay). Guille positions herself between those ladies and Rana and Pocha. When the camera pans to the right, you can see Bambi standing on the end.