Guille and Pocha Are Sleeping Outside Of the Barn

As with all steps in sanctuary life, we try to keep things on “elephant time,” and that includes introducing new things into each elephant’s life. For Pocha and Guillermina, that process has been more gradual than with some of the other elephants, but the progress has been steady. 

Several weeks ago, rather than allowing the two new girls to sleep in the barn each night, we began leaving the gate between the smaller yards and the larger Yard 4 open on some nights. Guille seemed a little tired on the nights she slept in the big yard, so we kept the gate closed a couple of nights each week, allowing them access to the barn and the small yards. Once Guillermina began getting more rest when the yards were open, we decided to switch up how we were doing things. The gates between their smaller yards and Yard 4 are now open each night. The “Powerpuff Girls,” Maia, Guille, and Pocha all have access to the same space.

So far, the whole crew seems to be doing very well with the new setup. The ladies will spend time together in different combinations during dinner time and when socializing. We can’t see exactly where everyone is sleeping each night, but all of the girls seem well rested and have adjusted to this new development. 

Photo of Bambi, Guille, and Mara grazing together


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    Nancy says

    Mini Slumber Parties !

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    Susan says

    It is amazing to me to see how much progress the new girls have made! I know we didn’t have any way to predict how things might go, but I am so proud of everyone with their progress!! Thank you, as always, for our updates. I look so forward to everything you provide!!

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    katherine says

    great idea on sleeping arrangements

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    Barb says

    That’s wonderful to hear! Their acclimation and comfort levels are obviously reaching new heights! I am in awe when I see the girls all sharing space these days.

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    Gala says

    I knew that Guille was a little heavy, but didn’t really “see” it until this picture! So excited for her, her mother, and all the girls at sanctuary to keep living their best lives! Can’t thank you all enough for sharing the journey with us. ❤️

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    Sandy says

    Yep. Guille sure is a little porker, isn’t she!

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Incredible and amazing to see the progress these two girls have made thinking of what their previous life was.
    So very proud of them. Guille certainly stands out in the crowd!!

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    Carol Anderson says

    Guille is probably larger than the others due to the lack of exercise over so many years.

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