Guida Continues to Improve

Maia and Guida

Guida front; Maia behind


Guida mid-flap!

Guida update:

Lovely Guida this morning with Maia sneaking up from behind to ‘share’ her palms with her. Rana was just out of the picture.

Guida continues to improve, today she is at about 80%, which earned her access to the larger habitat. She had been closed in the smaller yards, (about 5 acres), so we could easily monitor her and have her near the barn if her health was to decline. We are keeping a closer eye on her than usual, but it’s good for her to walk and have a more ‘normal’ day to help her get back to 100%.

Her diet is still being limited and adjusted for the tail end of a colic episode, which involves a fair bit of spoiling, so she doesn’t mind. She also felt well enough this morning to walk over to Rana and steal one of her palms. Not a charming behavior, but encouraging to see nonetheless. And Rana didn’t mind, she’s just happy that Guida seems better.

This won’t be a ‘done deal’ until a couple of days after Guida gets back to being herself. There is a strong opportunity for relapse up until that point. Colic is something she has struggled with throughout her time at the circus, so it’s something we have to remain vigilant about in the future. As people who have dealt with colic in horses know, there are things that can be done to try and preclude another episode (and we already were) but it’s very difficult to fully prevent in those who are prone to it.

We remain happy with her progress and hope that maybe tomorrow we can give her an A+ ?

March 21, 2019





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2/19/19 – Keep Guida in Your Thoughts
2/20/19 – Guida Update
2/21/19 – Guida Continues to Improve
2/22/19 – Guida is Doing Very Well
2/23/19 –  Overview of Guida’s Bout with Colic


  1. REPLY
    Maggie says

    So pleased Guida is feeling so much better. Even pinching one of Rana’s palms. Rana is so laid back. I was going to ask how she has dealt with Guida being poorly bless her, i know she would come running over if one of the girls laid down? I hope Guida will continue to improve. ??????

  2. REPLY
    Kelejan says

    I had to smile when it was stated that Guida was in the smaller five acre area. Any zoo or circus elephant would love to have that much space.

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    Elke Riesterer says

    Glad she is recovering. I am familiar with colics in horses and elephants.
    Many Blessings for the return of vibrant health ❣️????

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    Sherry says

    It is always wonderful to feel good! Good health is priceless! Keep up the good work!

    Thank you, sanctuary !

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