It’s been an exciting week here at GSE with the anticipation of Pocha and Guilliermina’s impending transport to sanctuary. For this week’s EleFACT Friday, we wanted to talk a little bit about these two ladies for those who may not be familiar with their stories, or for anyone who is just anxiously awaiting their arrival!
Pocha and Guilliermina, as many of you know, currently reside at the Mendoza Ecoparque in Argentina. Pocha, age 55, has lived at the Mendoza facility since1968, after arriving from Germany, and Guillermina, age 22, was born there. Both live in a below-ground concrete enclosure and Guillermina has never set foot outside of this man-made home. They have a very special relationship, with Pocha being a proactive mother and Guilliermina often taking on the role of the young daughter who occasionally pushes boundaries.
Pocha has lighter skin that is pigmented with areas of pink and black polka-dots. She sports a cheeky smile and has a light behind her eyes that we hope to see more of when she makes her way to sanctuary. Her spirit is playful, yet reserved, as her motherly personality is often at the forefront. Guilliermina appears more youthful physically, with tighter skin compared to her mother, and she carries herself on a smaller frame. By observing her, you can tell that she has an energy about her that is ready to come through, because her entire life has been spent so far in this pit of concrete; we are thrilled to give her the opportunity to let her true personality shine through as she gets to explore and experience the sanctuary.
We truly can’t wait to learn more about these two ladies in the coming weeks and months as their journey to sanctuary finally begins. This process started long ago, but things will move quickly once their transport process begins – and many of you will get to follow along for a true transformation in their lives…and ours!
Photo: Guillermina and Pocha at the Mendoza Ecoparque