In Memory of Guida
Rescued October 11, 2016
Died June 25, 2019 at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil
Necropsy determination- probable death from stroke
Approximately 44 years old. Ex-circus elephant.
Guida was a punk and a joy, and her recovery at ESB absolutely blew us away. When we first met Guida, we were concerned about her future at the sanctuary. She had become so disconnected, so lost in a world of stereotypical swaying, that we were unsure of what it would take to bring her out. True to who we now know is Guida, within her first 24-hours she decided to give Maia (who she’d never gotten along with) a second chance and embraced everything sanctuary had to offer. While we worried about how frail she was, she immediately showed us she was stronger than we could have ever imagined. And she blessed us with allowing us to take part in what a phenomenal being she was.
It was hard to imagine a chink in her armor, as she has always been so full of life. But yesterday we found her ‘stuck’ in a spot she shouldn’t have been stuck in. It was a somewhat narrow cow trail, and she simply wasn’t willing to lift her one foot to cross over the other. Guida is our girl that chooses to take the difficult paths; this was completely unlike her and the obstacle was much more in her head than in reality. We’re not sure why she felt she was stuck, but we helped her get out just by widening the path a tiny bit with sticks, and verbal encouragement, and she finished going down the trail.
Then she seemed to believe she was stuck in the stream, which was only a couple of inches deep and a couple of feet wide. Her body was clearly exhausted; her legs would slightly buckle from time to time. We used the backhoe to help her out when we saw she wasn’t going to leave on her own. During that process, she would take a step or two, and then lean on a dirt mound to rest for a bit, take another step or two. When she did get out, she laid down. We placed an IV, started her on several meds, and pulled blood with the hope she would allow her body to rest and recover so she could rise on her own. But, after some time, her breaths became more infrequent and the silences extended until everything simply stopped. Just like that, Guida was gone from this world, and it immediately felt all the more empty for it.
There was something about Guida that made it impossible not to fall in love with her. She had a playful, silly side; a sweet, affectionate side; a charming, stubborn side; and eyes that drew you in and you felt like you could see into each other’s souls. And there will never be another like her.
The Reality of Losing Guida is Hard...
The reality of losing Guida is hard, and honestly, we’re trying not to let it sink in just yet. It’s easier to be there for Maia and Rana if we don’t allow ourselves to drown in the loss just yet, and the loss is much more significant for them. Maia came to the sanctuary as an angry girl, an identity that is far behind her. The greatest reason for that change was Guida. She allowed herself to be vulnerable to an elephant who had repeatedly hurt her in the past, to be her friend and help gently guide her to deal with her emotions and allow her inner beauty to find its way out. Maia is who she is, in part because Guida chose to make Maia’s recovery as much of a priority as her own. Maia lost a piece of her heart, and we can’t help but weep for her.
As we sat and talked about Guida, I posed a question to Scott, not knowing if he would have noticed the same thing. Each elephant is so different, in appearance and personality, but when they are down, and their body is failing, they all begin to look the same. In Guida’s face, you could see many other elephants that have traveled down the same path. He said It’s because it’s their spirit you are witnessing at sanctuary. The glow, the life, their inner self that shines through and becomes who they are on the outside as well as the inside, that is who they look like. As that soul dims, they start to look more like an elephant.
We would like to say thank you to all of you who helped give Guida her sanctuary glow and allow her nurturing spirit to shine through for all of us to see. Thank you for bringing her to life.
Maia and Guida
The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space can destroy it. Not even death itself can part true friends. —John Cassian
Tributes to Guida
Please leave your thoughts, wishes, emotions or whatever pours into this Memorial Page for our beloved Guida.
Sam Whincup saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Absolutely gutted. Thank you Scott and Kat and all GSE staff for helping her live out her final time loved and cherished and being as close to a real elephant in her life. My heart breaks for all of you, all her ‘fans’ and admirers but mostly for Maia and Rana. Thank you GSE, just thank you and I’m so very sorry ??
Marjie saysJune 26, 2019 at 1:07 am
Denise saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:32 pm
I feel so very sad for Maia and all of you who have loved and cared for her for so long. It must be devastating to have lost her, just be happy that because of you all she knew love and happiness. Poor Maia, perhaps Rana can help her through this sad time ???
Anne Morkel saysJune 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm
Incredibly sad and heartbreaking to read of Guida’s passing. RIP precious girl. You were loved deeply.
Lynne Russert saysJune 28, 2019 at 8:46 pm
Heaven has a new angel now. She was a beautiful spirit who I’m so grateful was able to enjoy a few years of happiness, peace, love & freedom before choosing to go over the rainbow bridge back home. RIP beautiful angel.
Rachel Vieira saysJuly 4, 2019 at 1:10 am
Guida, you were one of the first two elephants I truly fell in love with… and i never saw you in person. I hope you and Pelusa are together and now know just how many humans you had on your side. Run free, trumpet and squeak you beautiful girl. You will be forever missed.
Sharon Cali saysDecember 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm
One of the biggest losses in my life, just because it was such a shock. From day one, she was just my girl, my favorite. Who knows why. I still can’t get over that she isn’t there. My heartbreaks for Maia who was her best friend and sister. I pray that she knew how much she was loved. RIP Dear Guida.
Joan Groat saysOctober 8, 2020 at 2:03 pm
Just viewed “memory of Guida, did you ever find out the cause of her death? Wasn’t sh÷ one of your youngest elephants? Were her and Maia brought together to the sanctuary? Were they in the same circus? What would have made Guida mean to her and then at sanctuary be so caring and helpful?
Kat Blais saysOctober 14, 2020 at 1:37 pm
There was nothing definitive in the necropsy, which supported our theory of a stroke. We do not allow the team to get brain tissue samples (due to the way it has to be obtained) so we would never have a definitive diagnosis that way. She was one of our younger elephants, but still, unfortunately, older than the median lifespan of captive elephants. Her and Maia were brought here together, from the same circus. And as we have discussed many times, elephants are products of their environment. That was never who Maia was, that was how she dealt with the terrible life she had. Guida withdrew and Maia lashed out. Once given the chance to be herself, she showed Guida that was not who she was at all, and Guida trusted in that.
Jeraldine Blackwell saysJune 26, 2019 at 1:33 am
Wow. Guida.. what a beautiful Ellie you are!
I’m so glad you were able to have these years to have care, love,, friendship, freedom and just be. May your impact be forever remembered amongst your kind and that you live continues to shine so other Ellies have hope that they too can be free. May The Bridge be warm, full of Love and continued peace.
LaLonnie saysJune 28, 2019 at 5:05 pm
crying, what a sweet and wonderful girl….may more be rescued and bond and be silly and love and learn to trust
Marianna saysJune 26, 2019 at 3:41 am
To lose one of these magnificent animals is devastating on so many levels. Thank you to all who enriched her life and allowed her to stand proud and walk free. May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace. Fly with the angels Guida
Hilary Connolly saysJune 26, 2019 at 5:16 am
Beautiful Guida, I am happy that you knew nearly 3 years of living care and unconditional love from all at GSE. Fly high sweet girl, you will never be forgotten xxx
Sherri saysJune 26, 2019 at 10:55 am
So very for your loss. RIP sweet girl ?
Sarah D. saysJune 26, 2019 at 6:05 am
So sad to hear about Guida. She was very loved. May she rest in peace.
Kelly Mook saysJune 26, 2019 at 11:40 am
Sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl. I will miss seeing what she is up to. So very sad.
Supriya Shah saysJune 26, 2019 at 6:41 am
Bye Guida….I know little about your life through this page, but I connect with you deeply at some other level…may you find peace and happiness wherever you are?
Andy Ingram saysJune 26, 2019 at 8:38 am
Lovely Guida I know I no longer will see you amongst the foliage at the Sanctuary but Your spirit will always be wandering along the pathways you once trod. Thank you for all you gave us.
Joy saysJune 26, 2019 at 9:38 am
Sleep tight beautiful loving soul. ❤❤
Charly Ann Sholty saysJune 26, 2019 at 11:17 am
Rest In Power you beautiful soul…..May the lessons you left us all be your legacy.
Polly Mitchell saysJune 26, 2019 at 11:29 am
My heart goes out to you all – I hope Maia can be comforted by Rana. Thank you so much for the wonderful, joyful life you gave Guida – you should be proud. Let the girls comfort you as you do them. Much love.
Susan Philbeck saysJune 26, 2019 at 1:21 pm
My sincerest condolences to all the caregivers who showered Guida with so much profound love and concern; and to Maia, her friend – may she find peace and comfort in the other ellies and go on to thrive and live a long and happy life.
@Saunieindiego (Saunie H) saysJune 26, 2019 at 8:21 pm
Guida is still with Maia and all of you.
In every sunrise, in the warm summer breeze, as the leaves turn color and fall from the trees, in the winter rain, in the spring flowers, in the stars at night…she is there. Thank you for giving her safety and love.
Ann Williams saysJune 28, 2019 at 8:35 am
You have put in perspective, guida will always be with us at every morning sunrise, grateful for all the loving care she had and praying for grieving elephants and humans and all of GSFE . Thank you for letting her be an elephant, free, with no pain, love and socialization.
Kimberley saysJune 28, 2019 at 8:18 pm
My heart breaks for all of you. So deeply saddened to say goodbye to Guida. She was such an enormously beautiful soul for this world. Thank you Kat and Scott —you gave her the life she deserved?
Peppi Boudreau saysSeptember 23, 2019 at 8:07 am
My Love, Guida. You now rest in God and Jesus loving arms forever. To the Global Sanctuary for Elephants staff, Thank so very much from the bottom of my heart and soul for providing sanctuary for beautiful and much belove, Guida. Scott and Kat, You both are amazing people and I greatly appreciate everything you are doing for the Elephants. God Bless you both as well as all your staff for giving Guida a loving home to enjoy the last years of her life. Thank you for allowing Guida the opportunity to recover and be a part of a herd. Most importantly Thank You for Loving Precious, Guida. Sincerely, Peppi Boudreau
Donna Ingalls saysOctober 10, 2020 at 6:31 pm
My heart aches for Guida, Maia, Scott and Kitt and all the others (elephants and humans) who knew and loved her.
It is very difficult to lose a cherished mener of the family.
I am filled with gratitude for all of you caretakers of these beautiful souls…God bless you…
Emily Stier saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Loved Guida from afar – will miss her smiles. ❤️
Pam Maier saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm
RIP… Beautiful lady…You Now have Everything Your Big ❤️ Always Deserve d…?
Lydia saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:41 pm
I didn’t know you Guida, but I wish I had.
Rest in peace sweet one.
Ariane saysJune 28, 2019 at 5:56 pm
Guida was such an example and teacher …and she lives on with you (Kat and Scott) and certainly Maia. It’s amazing to me how elephants sometimes appear “to be fine” one minute, and die the next. She received so much and gave do much. I will always remember Guida s first steps into sanctuary. What a beautiful marker. Her heart still lives in the trees, the flowers, the chickens, the dogs and everything she touched. My heart goes out to you. I am heart broken she did not get to experience sanctuary longer but grateful she got to know it at all.
debrah huber saysJune 26, 2019 at 1:37 am
I keep coming back to this as if it were just a mistake or a bad dream, but not. She became a full personality to those of us following the daily lives of the girls and many of us will be feeling the loss deeply.
We love your work at the sanctuary and know you will provide haven for other mistreated elephants. Thank you for your expertise in their behaviour and emotions. Despite the grief, she did have a few years of freedom and freedom and love are priceless.
Cathy Jones saysJune 26, 2019 at 5:11 am
You are such a beautiful being, Guida.
You found such freedom for the last years.
Fly free and travel well to your next adventure.
We all love you ???
Sarah Earnshaw saysJune 26, 2019 at 7:56 am
I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that you are going through at this dreadful time. May she rest in peace in gods own garden
Dawn DeVries saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm
Oh Guida. You were my first ellie that I took to my heart. The first one I really followed. You opened my eyes and heart to the plight of others like you and to the wonderful caregivers that made the last part of your life so good. I will miss you so much,
Maureen Martin saysJune 26, 2019 at 9:41 am
U were amazing loving precious Elephant. Will b sadly missed by so many. Sweet dreams Guida R.I.P. XX
Roxann Fraser saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm
RIP sweet Guida. Purrs and prayers for your family ?????????
Adelaide saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm
Guida! Descanse em paz! Fico feliz de saber que conheceu e viveu o amor e liberdade em pouco tempo. Perdoe pelo ser humano ser ganancioso e não respeitar as outras espécies. Mas fico em paz porque vc pode conhecer pessoas do bem q não hesite em te levar para o santuário aonde pode desfrutar em paz dias agradáveis aos lado de Maia e a pouco tempo de Rana. Meus sentimentos!
Sarah saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm
Sweet Guida. Your story at the Sanctuary inspired me to learn more about elephants, to help where I can and do really just enjoy seeing you and your sisters thrive! I am so heartbroken that I will no longer see your smiling eyes in videos and posts from sanctuary but I KNOW you are loved, you are free and you are always there with your sisters. I only hope your stories can help rescue more of your brothers and sisters and allow them the glorious life you lived at sanctuary!!
Love, your friend from afar
Carol saysJune 26, 2019 at 7:22 am
R.I.P. Guida. Thank goodness you had several beautiful years with Maia and all the peolle who loved and helped you from near and far. Rest now…??
Susan C saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm
I am so very sad and heartbroken for the loss of dear Guida. I am thankful she was able to enjoy a very good life in Sanctuary with you both and her sisters….sweet Guida, thank you for being the sweet, silly and joyous sweet elephant you let us see. We are still i shock right now, Namaste sweet girl
Marie Powell saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:24 pm
Sweet Guida. There was just something about you that I fell instantly in love with even though we were miles apart and had never met. I hope you knew how much you meant to us. You will be so missed big girl.
Susan C saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:25 pm
I am so very sad and heartbroken for the loss of dear Guida. I am thankful she was able to enjoy a very good life in Sanctuary with you both and her sisters….sweet Guida, thank you for being the sweet, silly and joyously wonderfulelephant you let us see. We are still in shock right now, Namaste sweet girl
Laura Barber saysJune 26, 2019 at 7:26 am
I enjoyed gazing at pictures of Guida; her eyes were so intense and filled with life’s light. Thank you for loving her, caring for her and her sisters, sharing her with us and most importantly for creating sanctuary for these truly sacred creatures.
Joy saysJune 26, 2019 at 9:38 am
Sleep tight beautiful loving soul. ❤❤
Mel saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:27 pm
Love you Miss Guida. RIP dear.
Jim Duke saysJune 26, 2019 at 5:57 am
Pole sana. Godspeed special one.
Laurie Wallace saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:27 pm
Rest in peace, sweet Guida. You’ve left us too soon.
janet stone saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:28 pm
RiP Guida…run free….nobody can ever hurt you again….. will miss seeing your posts ….
Vicky Cathey saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:28 pm
Oh sweet Ms. Guida. This is tough for all of us and so unexpected. I am trying through tears to be thankful that you had the time that you did at sanctuary,-to have the time to get through what you went through in this life. You were surrounded by love and I know that you felt that love. You were just the sweetest lady & I will never forget you. I hope there is a Heaven & you are there with your family, having the life that you always deserved. Thank you for all that you gave-I hope you felt the love from all of us in some way. Our hearts are with Maia, Rana, and your humans-they are having a hard time, but we will get through this. It’s just tough to lose you, when you were such a joy. RIP Guida-we will always remember you.
Sue saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:28 pm
Words feel inadequate. Thankful she was in the best possible place with those who love her around her. Thankful to have crossed her path. Love you, Guida.
Frankie Hope saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm
Beautiful unicorn girl, Guida. Your beauty lit up the world, it was so lovely seeing videos and photos of you. I’m so grateful you were saved by the kind souls, Scott, Kat and the team at GSE, and experienced some beautiful years with Maia at the sanctuary. I think this is why the Universe made sure Rana Bug was at the sanctuary ready for your passing, to help dear Maia to cope without you. Run and trumpet with the angels, we’ll always love you and are so devastated you’re gone xx
Barbara Lovett saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm
Dear beautiful Guida, you were such sunshine and light after dealing with a cruel world for so long. You were strong and inspiring, and you were such a needed and good sister to Maia and Rana, those who needed you and counted on you so much. You will be gravely missed and remembered for always. Scott and Kat Blais, I’m so sorry, so devastated at this sudden loss. May you find comfort in knowing the wonderful life you gave to Guida in true sanctuary. You did so much. We are all crying with you in this terrible hour of loss. RIP, dear Guida . You were loved. Sending love to Maia and Rana and the wonderful team at GSE
Elle Zinn saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:33 pm
Guida, you will always be in my heart and my soul. Pray for us.
Lisa saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:34 pm
I am just sobbing right now, there are no words my heart is breaking for Maia and Rana and also you two beautiful people. Where do elephants go? Is there a Rainbow Bridge for elephants to cross over in heaven?❤️???????❤️
Georgia Brewer saysJune 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Yes, if there is a heaven, elephants are surely there.
Colleen Shannon saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm
My heart is heavy for those you have left behind. May you rest now in the love of God. Thank you for letting us know you❤️
Diane saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm
Guida, rest in peace. May all your friends find peace in the knowledge you have no more suffering. May your friends remember the joy you brought them with your great spirit and love of life. You will be missed.
Caryn S saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm
I am broken-hearted that a beautiful soul has left us. I only hope that Maia is able to process her loss and move forward with Rama. Their lives will never be the same
Samantha saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:37 pm
I am so deeply sorry for all of you, for Maia, for everyone that loved her. I am devastated but so very grateful that she lived here before she left. Thank you so much for sharing her with us. I hope you all find some peace soon in your happy Guida memories and big giant hugs to Maia and Rana. Thank you so much for giving her this life at sanctuary. I’m sorry it wasn’t longer. xoxoxo
Kathy Lynn saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:38 pm
Debra Kahn Freeman saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:39 pm
Tears, tears, tears. I never imagined that I could love a soul I never actually met, but the loss is real and very hard, and that is love none the less. Thank you for the life you gave her. I thank the Heavens she was able to expierence some of her years as she was meant to be.
Amanda saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:40 pm
whenever i read something or hear something sad about elephants i feel so grateful that i rescued my little kitty and i go hug her for all of the elephants of the world. no joke. i really do this. im going to go hug my kitty sapphie for our loss guida, and also for what she endured in life, and also that she was rescued by YOU AMAZING HUMAN BEINGS. i am so sorry for your loss. keep doing what you are doing. higs from me and Sapphie.
Nicolle saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm
I believe elephants know the secrets of the Universe, and I believe Guida’s friends know exactly where her soul went. Thank you for taking care of her during her earthly visit. You will all be together again some day. ♡
Deborah saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm
My condolences to Maia, Rana, and everyone at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Thank you for taking such good care of her and giving her a life free from pain. She was loved and will be missed. <3
Debbie O'Connor saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm
My heart aches & my eyes cry for the people & elephants who have loved her & are now faced with her visual absence. I pray that each of you will feel the presence of her spirit in this beautiful paradise that you have created for elephants. You all provided her with wonderful experiences during her final years on earth. It was evident that she felt your love. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Deborah saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking such good care of her and giving her a life free from pain. She was loved and will be missed. <3
Erin Kiesow saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:47 pm
RIP Sweet Angel. I’m so glad your last days were amongst friends and filled with love. ❤️
Amanda Smith saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:47 pm
Oh my… I was certainly not expecting this! Reading your beautifully spoken words celebrating Guida has brought such a bitter sweetness to my soul. Then I watched the video and I’m choking on my tears. I was introduced to Maia and Guida by a dear friend, Sara Everett and before her and these two sensational ladies I never knew elephants. Miss Guida will be missed. May her story inspire others and bring a new strength to your sanctuary. Sending all my love and healing vibes to Mia and to everyone who cared for her. Rest In Peace beautiful Queen. ♥️
Janet Franklin saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:49 pm
I am so sorry for the loss of Guida. She and Maia, and now Rana have been a constant in my daily roaming the posts on Facebook and I will miss her very much, too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you process this great loss, but especially wit Maia because they were so close. Rest in peace dear Guida, a loving God welcomes you home…??
Janet saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:49 pm
Sweet Guida, know how much you are loved and missed. ❤
Linda Cockrell saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm
Rest sweet girl. Thank you for the gift of knowing you through the Sanctuary. I’m so grateful you had a wonderful last few years of friendship and love. I’m sorry for the humans who lost you too soon.
Elise Carney saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:57 pm
Rest peacefully sweet Guida. Your wings are as big and beautiful as your heart❤️?
Kelly saysJune 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm
Although, I only started following your incredible sanctuary when you rescued beautiful Rana, I fell in live with Guida. When I read your post today, I felt like the wind was knocked out of me. I can’t imagine what you are going through and how poor Maia will cope. I love those elephants from afar. Even though you gave her the best years of her life, it wasn’t long enough. Thank you for taking good care of her as well as the 2 other girls. Guide you will be missed!
Gabriele saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:02 pm
Oh dear Guida I’m so glad you found freedom, beauty and love at the last. Send your beautiful soul to surround your dear Maia, Kat and Scott and all who loved you. Soothe their hearts. We won’t ever forget those knowing eyes and your wonderful being ? with much love Gabi xxx Western Australia ?
Judy Darling saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:20 pm
I’m sooo sorry. I have no poetry. I only have a heavy heart. My sincerest condolences. To all who knew and lover her.
Jane Ritchey saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm
What touched my heart about Guida were her eyes. You could just look into her eyes and see her soul… and it was a beautiful soul. I’m so heartbroken, but so thankful she was able to spend her last years at sanctuary… free.. with people who treated her with compassion and her elephant family. Someone mentioned that maybe this was God’s plan for Rana’s rescue to sanctuary, knowing Maia would need her. We’ll miss you Guida.
Joan saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm
I am in shock. I am ever so grateful that Guida was able to live her last years on this earth so loved, so accepted, so cared for by all of you at GSE. I will miss you beautiful being, and I’m not alone in that.
Nishant Bhajaria saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:25 pm
I am so grateful to you for giving these elephants a lot of love and care, and Guida is in heaven smiling at you and making those weird noises with affection. Losing a dear animal is devastating and I speak from experience, but I hope you find comfort in her memory and in the other joys to come from more rescues and revivals.
Susan saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm
Oh beloved Guida, you are missed beyond what any words can describe . Utter devastation. But I promise to be there to support Maia and Rana and Kat and Scott and all the GSE family. Your star will shine brighter than ever for all of us. So many failed you throughout your life and I am so deeply sorry for the suffering that you endured. But Guida, my heart is so full of happiness that you could pass knowing you are so deeply loved. You will never be forgotten because you shared so much with so many of us. The days to come will be hard for all of GSE but your precious soul is free now to soar and the thought of that will get everyone through this. Please send comfort to Maia and let her know you are with her. More elephants will come to join her and may she help to make their transition easier. May I have the honor to meet you when I pass. Loving you forever.
Elizabeth "Cookie" Ormerod saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm
Oh Guida, I am so sad you have left us, so unexpectedly & so soon! I am happy you had a great friendship with Maia, & new friendship with Rana! May you now be free to roam over the Rainbow Bridge. I’ll remember you always!
Cheryl saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:27 pm
Oh my! Shocking, saddening, gut wrenching, all I can do is be thankful that she had almost 3 years in sanctuary and those years were life changing for her. The greatest sadness will be for those left behind who will miss her so very much.
Shirley saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm
Vale Guida and thank you to everyone who made her final years happy, peaceful and full of love. Hold tight to each other you are amazing people.
Sandy Crile saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm
I am so heartbroken. I was sure Guida would live forever, giving us so much joy with her love, her silly antics, and a personality bigger than the sky. The one small light of comfort is that the two people she loved and trusted the most were with her on her journey to her next home. RIP sweet Guida.
Michelle M saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm
Dearest Guida, your spirit has touched so many around the world. You gave so much even though much was taken from you in this life. Rest now, sweet, precious girl. You will be missed and certainly always loved and remembered. Maia and Rana, May you find comfort and friendship in one another. Scott & Kat, my thoughts and heart are with you. Sending you love and light in your heavy grief.
Melinda saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
Heartbreaking news. I’ve just recently started closely following Guida, Maia and Rana. I’ve enjoyed every single post and video and loved getting to know these amazing elephants. My heart breaks for all who provided sanctuary, care, love and the freedom to roam without chains and to live without abuse. My heart also breaks for Maia. Sending all my love to to GSE staff.
Terri Mitchell saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
I celebrate you, Guida, and am so grateful for your’ 2+ years of sanctuary, your long friendship with Maia, for those who saved you from the circus and all who have cared for and loved you throughout your life. Roam free now, dear. You were a beautiful gift to all of us, My deepest sympathy to Kat, Scott, and all at the sanctuary.
Alana saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:37 pm
R.I.P Sweet Girl, I’m crying as I write this, only knowing her from a far. Hugs to all you wonderful people who showed her “The Good Life.” she knows you Love her.
Denise Kelley saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:38 pm
Rest In Peace sweet Guida, you will be missed by all that love you.
Kathleen saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm
If it be my last day on earth, let me be surrounded by love and compassion. And so it was for you, how beautiful. Peace be with you all.
Judy Mulder saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:41 pm
I am heartbroken and devastated for the unexpected loss of sweet Guida. This is so hard to take in. Sending my very deepest sympathy, love and prayers to you. Rest peacefully dearest Guida… ??? I love you
Christy Lee saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:41 pm
I came to follow GSE after you had already rescued Maia and Guida and I just fell in love with their story! Captive and acting out against each other while suffering the cruelty of captivity, yet a beautiful sister bond between them once they were free and at home and at sanctuary. Your videos and stories of Guida over the years allowed us to share in her bright and brave and beautiful soul! I’m so glad she got to spend her last years at peace and loved so much, and I’m so sad that it was cut short so unexpectedly. Prayers to Scott and Kat and the whole GSE family and to sweet Maia and Rana also!
Kristin Vancor saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:43 pm
Our sweet, sweet Guida. The wise one. You only needed to look into her mesmerizing eyes to know that she saw into your heart and soul. She was always a lady….eating with fine manners, willing to share with her sister and best friend, Maia, and if the occasion struck her, to fashion and proudly wear a hat of hay or other foliage.
Guida came from such harsh and cruel beginnings. But she left this world understanding the love, care, and respect of her own herd, and of her human caregivers.
Through her rescue and life at sanctuary, she was able to find her own voice, self confidence, joy, and peace….which had been so lacking in her life.
I believe she felt her mission was accomplished in this lifetime. With Maia and Rana together, I believe she was ready to take her place beside Pelu.
Scott and Kat … my deepest sympathy, as I know your hearts are broken. When you look out into the vast space of the sanctuary, know that it now has a protector and angel watching over it. Guida will never truly be gone from her home, as her spirit will always be with her sisters, and with her caregivers.
My heart is in pieces too…. may the tears we cry wash away the pain, and leave behind not sorrow, but hope. Hope that all elephants who need sanctuary find their way home.
Tina Dunn saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:43 pm
RIP beautiful girl ?
Tom DiCarrado saysJune 25, 2019 at 10:43 pm
I’m totally stunned and find myself with mixed emotions. I’m angry and vengeful toward those that stole Guida’s life for financial gain and brought her such pain and suffering for all those decades. I also am so pleased that Scott and Kat brought such joy to Guida for these last few years and allowed her to experience the life she should have had. Knowing what a gentle sole Guida is I know she would rather I focus on the joy she had for the last few years. If there is any justice in the universe she is now in an even better place. If it were possible I would gladly have given her some of my years to enjoy sanctuary a little longer. Good bye Guida I wish you joy…
Sabine Zell saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:01 pm
Sweet Guida, I am so grateful that you found your way to Kat and Scott. As with each rescue of a captive elephant I live vicariously through you. I felt your joy and freedom and peace. I never met you, but I loved you…
Steve Elliott saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:04 pm
Goodbye sweet, beautiful girl. I’m so glad your last years were free and happy.
Nancy Nortell saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:10 pm
My heart broke upon hearing this very sad news. I cannot even grasp how sad everyone there must be, especially Maia. I know that Rana will be able to comfort her when she’s ready. She had almost 3 wonderful years of knowing freedom and having a companion to share that time with. I know she will be missed so much by all of you there who knew her, and by those who only knew her from afar. RIP, dear girl. Run wild and free!
Elizabeth Devlin saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:20 pm
I am so very sorry for this unexpected huge loss! The important things to remember are that for the last several years, she knew freedom, friends, family and love! She left this world as a free being! I am also glad that her friends did get to say their goodbyes as that is so important for them.
Guida has crossed over but her spirit is still with all of you! Thank you for what you do♡
RIP GUIDA♡ Watch over your family
Judy saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm
I am sharing the shock and grief you must feel, if only a tiny fraction of it. But Guida was blessed beyond measure to have found her way to you and her last years were joyful ones. I’m so very sorry she left so soon. Do elephants go to heaven? (I believe they surely must!) She’s there and maybe telling all the others, “You won’t believe where I’ve been the last three years! It was as close to heaven as we can get on earth.”
Maria Teresa Mauri saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:31 pm
My heart literally aches for all of you, for Maia and for Rana. To lose such a beautiful spirit, a light that will no longer shine is unimaginable. Guida’s light will not be extinguished, it will shine on in Maia and Rana as they continue to live their best life in your care, your love and dedication. My deepest sympathy to you all at this very sad time, I will miss her as much as everyone who loved her.
Courtney S Scott saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm
A beautiful life cut short, so very sorry for your loss, and for Maia, who will dearly miss her friend. I am so happy she had almost 3 good years to experience her life as she was born to be, a free roaming elephant where she was loved and protected from any harm. I am happpy she died peacefully, in her time, not euthanized in a zoo or circus. I am grateful for you Scott and Kat for your dedication and passionate commitment to these magnificent beings. Thank you.
Beatriz saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:42 pm
Estamos todos perplexos e sem acreditar. Acho que achávamos que você, tão graciosa, nunca se fosse. Mas você se foi, porquê assim como você pensa, sente e se emociona como cada um de nós, você também parte pra um outro mundo. Graças a essas pessoas maravilhosas que te acolheram, você teve a oportunidade de acreditar e confiar um pouquinho na nossa espécie, que, apesar de ter feito você sofrer, prefiro acreditar que são minoria. Obrigada por alegrar meu dia tantas vezes. Ver você, Rana e Maia pelo Instagram já me fez sorrir durante dias difíceis. Obrigada!
sally wieland saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm
Tears streaming. Heart broken at the news of Guida’s sudden passing. Fly free now precious Girl, never to suffer a single painful moment again. Sweetheart you deserved so much more joy during your time here on Earth, but now you can travel to a place where there is lush foliage, wonderful rivers to submerge yourself in, endless delicious fruit to eat, and the most amazing mud you have ever seen. And I believe you will not ever be alone again, as I’m sure other ellies who have made their journey before you will be your company …. and some day your beloved Maia will be again by your side, this time never to be parted ❤️ You are greatly loved sweet Guida.
Linda saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:48 pm
What a great loss this is, and what an amazing soul you were Guida. Many will miss you, and you were so very loved in your years at Sanctuary. Unbearably sad……
Donna West saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:54 pm
Sweet Guida, my heart hurts.
Thank you for giving us such much joy as we followed along on Your journey. Forever be free and happy Sweet Ele.
Kelly Nicolson saysJune 25, 2019 at 11:55 pm
I’m so sad and heartbroken over the unexpected passing of Guida.
Thank you GSE for giving her a beautiful place to live , freedom, happiness , friendship and love.
I love what you do for these elephants ❤️
Alex saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:05 am
Guida, you lived a tragic and sad life for which you weren’t born to live for, a life of cruelty and abuse that we humans forced you to live, that is why is so heartbreaking to know, that just when you just started to enjoy freedom, and friendship and look forward to a happy future, all of a sudden, you had to leave, it seems so unfair, I would have loved to keep on watching you growing old playing with Maia & Rana & many more friends to come, to form with them the new family you always wished to belong to. My consolation is that at least, in the end of your life, you enjoyed freedom & peace again. Have a beautiful, happy and free eternal life Guida.
Tracy B saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:14 am
Guida you were an inspiration that sanctuary heals we are all in tears that this world has lost something so precious but this is nothing compared to the loss Maia must be feeling and Rana too. Sleep well beautiful one you will be missed so much.
sally wieland saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:16 am
As I mourn the sudden passing of dear Guida, I am so grateful for the fact that she was blessed to live the last part of her earthly life in a beautiful sanctuary where she was able to know what it was to be loved. My heart goes out to Kat and Scott and everyone who cared for her during this last chapter ❤️
Joan Lichterman saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:37 am
I’m sitting here sobbing. You’d think Guida was my close friend. There’s something about elephants that touches my soul, and Guida surely moved me. Sending love and thanks to Kat and Scott and everyone at the Global Sanctuary for Elephants for your love and care and wisdom. It’s hard to think of life there without Guida. ?
Jacky Senior saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:45 am
As part of Guida’s internet herd I am heartbroken. She was our blossoming Matriarch and the joy with which I followed all of the happenings at the GSE saw me through some very rough times of my own.
The Australian Indigenous say that ‘We are all visitors to this time, this place. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love….and then we return home’. You are home now beautiful Guida???
Laurie Doyle saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:46 am
So very sad for you all and sweet Maia and Rana❤️ But how lucky was she to have had such beautiful people taking care of her these last 3 years. She died knowing love and peacefulness❤️ RIP sweet ele angel?
Amber saysJune 26, 2019 at 12:55 am
Darling, sweet Guida… I don’t quite know what to say… You left us so suddenly and I am heartbroken and in shock. You are so beautiful and I’m so thankful you got to live your final years in sanctuary, knowing love and freedom and learning to love and trust again… You are loved by so many and will be missed. Rest in Peace beautiful girl… Eternally free… Love you. xoxo