Now that you’re learning more about Pocha and Guillermina (and you know how to pronounce their names), let’s take a look at some of the physical characteristics you can use to tell them apart from each other – and eventually to distinguish them from the other elephants.
Pocha is the thinner of the two elephants, though both could stand to lose some weight (significantly so with Guille); Pocha’s face is also thinner than Guillermina’s. When looking at Pocha’s ears, you can see that her right ear folds backwards, while the left ear has a forward fold. Both of Guille’s ears have a forward fold.
Guillermina is a plump girl and taller than her mother. Her head is rounder and she has puffy eyes. Unlike Pocha, Guillermina has a very hairy tail: the end of her tail is the hairiest of all the elephants at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. But, quite frankly, her most prominent characteristic is her sheer size.
Personality-wise, Pocha seems to want to explore on her own some, but Guillermina sometimes calls her back when she walks too far away. Pocha was also the first to explore the mud wallow, while Guillermina declined to follow her mom’s lead. At the ecoparque, Guillermina could be controlling and disrespectful toward her mother at times, wanting to be in charge of what they both were doing. We are beginning to see hints of that behavior emerge at sanctuary, which is showing us exactly how patient Pocha can be. Though Guille has been sheltered for her entire life, that doesn’t make her meek. She has a lot to learn about how to have a healthy relationship, as she gradually eases into a larger group of elephants. Guillermina and Pocha’s personalities – and their bodies – will change and evolve as they spend more time at sanctuary.
Photo shows the size difference between Guillermina (left) and Pocha (right)
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Wim saysMay 25, 2022 at 5:07 pm
Kayle saysMay 25, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Your observations, commentary, and photos are so very much appreciated. I know it must be a lot of work to keep us all informed and it does not go unnoticed.
Sara saysMay 25, 2022 at 6:29 pm
Thank you for your kind words.
Katie Howard saysMay 25, 2022 at 5:34 pm
I have thought that Guille’s eyes are more “hooded” than Pocha’s also – not as wide open?
Sara saysMay 25, 2022 at 6:23 pm
To my eye, they do appear a little more “hooded” as well.
Jane Homer saysMay 25, 2022 at 5:56 pm
Thank you for the descriptions… I am so glad they have come to your sanctuary and I’m looking forward to mum and daughter eventually merging into the rest of the herd or just enjoying the undoubted freedom from concrete and noise. Best Wishes Jane
Tammy saysMay 25, 2022 at 6:21 pm
Good to know these lil tidbits of identification! Guille sure does have a really round plump adorable belly on her and the hair on her tail isn’t typical of captive elephants either something I noticed right away too see you teach us so much about elephants that we soak up and remember we really appreciate and thank you for that! 😊
Deb saysMay 25, 2022 at 6:28 pm
Ditto what Kayle said!
Sherry saysMay 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm
I love the learning process, very interesting. Guille trying to be in charge. Thank you.
Ann saysMay 25, 2022 at 7:13 pm
So look forward to all your excellent posts on the girls, but particularly now with P&G to see how Mom & daughter are coping and adjusting to fit in at their forever home at GSE.
As so many others have mentioned, I too wonder what they must be thinking as they go about slowly exploring their new surroundings. So much info to process after knowing nothing but a concrete enclosure for so many years. it was also so amazing to see it was our lovely but very private Lady who first came to investigate their arrival.
BTW, is there any way to view the vid of P&G enjoying the mud wallow except on Instagram? That must have been quite the exhilarating first time experience for them that I’d love to see.
God bless all the hard working and dedicated staff at GSE & all the beautiful eles in their care.
Sara saysMay 25, 2022 at 7:33 pm
The video was posted on Facebook as well. Here is a link: https://fb.watch/detvniAVST/
I hope that helps!
Pam saysMay 25, 2022 at 7:18 pm
Thanks so much! Love learning about these beautiful girls!
Zoi Flores saysMay 25, 2022 at 7:27 pm
Guillermina will need some time with my Rana Bug.
Patricia saysMay 25, 2022 at 7:42 pm
Oh, thank you for this lovely lesson! I need to become more observant of the characteristics of all the elephants. Love and hugs to all beings at ESB.
Eileen L. saysMay 25, 2022 at 7:58 pm
Love this post about the girls…thank you!
Kelejan (Janice) saysMay 25, 2022 at 9:13 pm
The firsr thing I noticed was the hairy tale.
Maria saysMay 25, 2022 at 10:22 pm
Is it me or why does Pochas belly look distended more so the Guille..is Pochas belly supposed to be shaped like that..it kind of look like she has a line in her belly?!
Sara saysMay 25, 2022 at 10:33 pm
Guillermina’s belly is much bigger than Pocha’s. They do have different muscular structures, which is probably what you are referring to. Her belly needs to be smaller than it is.
Bill saysMay 25, 2022 at 11:42 pm
Thanks for the lesson on the new girls on the block. It is very insightful. I am sure that anyone has ever had their vision, hearing, or any of their senses improved, then I believe that they have had a minor glimpse into how Pocha’s and Guille’s senses have been changed. They are in a brave new world. New sights, sounds, and more of their species. Their personal interactions with each other, the ever evolving herd, and their new physical environment will take years to come close to completion.
Keep up the great work at GSE with the rehabilitation of the growing herd and keeping us informed.
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