Four Girls at the Pond

At the end of the day, while Guillermina spent some time in a different area of Yard 4, Bambi, Maia, Mara, and Rana all hung out together as a foursome by the edge of the pond. It had been raining for a couple of hours and there was a nice bit of mud for all to splash in. 

The four were making quite a racket until we turned the camera on (of course). After hanging out for a while, they all gradually began to make their way toward the fence, splitting in multiple directions. 

You can see that Bambi finds a tree and decides to take a break to scratch, which is always a special post-mudbath treat. All four elephants walked to the fence for dinner. It was charming to see all of them being calm and light together, playing in the rain and vocalizing (even if we didn’t catch that part on video).


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    Pam says

    Wonderful video … What’s your overall sense of why they stop the party once the cameras are turned on?

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      Sara says

      More than likely it’s just a distraction to them. If they’re doing their own thing and a 4-wheeler drives up, they are going to be interested in why it’s around.

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    Beci says

    They have that dang camera on us again, don’t give them anything exciting..I’ll stop here and scratch, they don’t care about watching that.” 😉☺️
    It looks like Guille (I call her that because I don’t know how to pronounce her name) is just one of the heard and has their support. So great to see. Have you guys thought about doing a small documentary on her and Pocha? I think you could sell it to Netflix, or some streaming channel, Animal Channel? That would help you raise money and I know you’d get lots if people watching it. Just an idea. Thank you for all you do. Taking care of these amazing elephants, the time and love you all put into saving them and continuing giving them a basically free life. It’s just so wonderful and if I were younger and healthy enough I would be there helping. Since I can’t I have adopted some of them. ❤️🙏🏻

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      Sara says

      We’ve had several people approach us over the years about doing documentaries. It would have to be something that would be done in collaboration with a producer or production team, as that’s definitely outside of the budget of the sanctuary, if it’s to be done well. But you never know what will happen! Thank you for your adoption of the elephants. That is a great help to the organization. Also, here’s how you pronounce Guille’s name:

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    Debbie Sides says

    So nice they can enjoy the rain and mud baths. There’s no substitute for true sanctary for these beautiful beings. Freedom to just be💚

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    June Ross says

    Beautiful and wonderful to see the four together in their own herd! Love it!!

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    Carol says

    Awwww…the girls were enjoying a mud coffee klatch!!! :-). What a huddle!

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Just four old friends hangin together!!. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this video.🐘🐘🐘🐘❤️

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    John says

    I loved it at the end when it looked like Rana was stalking the camera person.

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    Melinda says

    Love watching the happy girls play!

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    Terry says

    I just love watching our girls! Rana is so endearing with her beautiful gait!!!

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    katherine says

    lovely, peacful

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    Carey says

    Magical, looking as if they had always been a “natural” herd. Extraordinary characters who in their later years met each other one by one…

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    Carmen Dalziel says

    It’s so nice to see all 4 ele’s hanging out together. Maia is more interactive with the others. Wonder what changed for her to take these big social steps these past 6 months? Guille and Pocha perhaps?

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      Sara says

      It’s been a gradual process that’s been happening for over a year, as she’s eased back into the group.

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    John says

    I wonder if they were gossiping about Lady and Guille?

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