On a recent afternoon, Scott and a caregiver went out toward the habitat, planning to do a training session with Guillermina. The idea was to continue acclimating her to working with two people. At the moment, she’s doing well when working with one, but seems a little hesitant about what the second person might be doing. She is perhaps feeling a little bit of concern or anxiety and we want her to get used to having a second person around.
Once the two got out near the elephants, Scott saw that Guille was spending time with Rana and Bambi, just calmly grazing. Immediately, he decided that it was not a good idea to work on training. Rather, it was more important to allow the three of them – a group that normally doesn’t spend time together like that – to be together as they had naturally gathered. Rana hasn’t always had the strongest level of trust with Guille, so them being together and relaxed was an encouraging sight. It’s an example of how human interference could interrupt a bond that was growing between the three of them organically. The best option would be to allow Guille to continue her day undisturbed; building relationships is currently more important than working on the nuances of training.
Photo of Bambi snacking