Guille and Pocha Break Trees

Guillermina and Pocha are the kind of elephants that occasionally announce their presence before you can see them – but not always through vocalizations. Sometimes you can tell exactly where they are by just listening for tree limbs breaking.

The two ladies wandered off before their night feed recently and we found that the best way to determine where they were was to stop and listen for a moment. Within seconds we could hear the creaking and crashing of trees and smaller limbs as the two made their way out of the creek (the first time they have gone down into the creek that we know of). It seems that neither Pocha nor Guillermina have gotten the hang of walking around trees yet. Instead, they just walk straight ahead – over trees, through trees, whatever is the hardest way to get from points A to B. They’ll get the hang of it eventually. In the meantime, some of our smaller trees are a little worse for wear, but the habitat is doing just fine. 

Here, Guille charges through the habitat, with Pocha right behind.


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    Suzanne Eaton says

    They probably LOVE walking through, under and over trees because they are a novelty and they have never had them in their previous life. It’s a wonderful thing to see and feel their thrill of walking through a forest. Love those two girls to pieces.

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    Kelejan says

    It stands to reason that they walk through and we know they will get the hang of it some time.

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    Patricia says

    It must be their lack of experience with the natural world! Poor angels! I know they’ll get the hang of it. 😘😘😘

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    Deb says

    They’re having such a good time! And enjoying the scratchiness of the limbs!
    I am just so happy for them❤️🐘🐘

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    Melinda says

    Here come the big girls, on a mission to enjoy every moment of freedom!

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    .Pobrecitas ver solo rocas y rocas cada dia de su vida🙏🙏.Ahora ellas son parte de la madre Naturaleza y como buena madre las comprendera🌞🌱🌱🙌❤️❤️🐘🐘

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    Rachel says

    Funny!! Guess they’re making their own trails…love it.

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    andrea simonetti says

    guille e pocha in wonderland !

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    Wim says

    Redecorating the sanctuary. Oops that’s a different story. Poor trees.

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      Sara says

      At least the bigger trees are safe!

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    Pam says

    It’s so fun to see them enjoying new experiences! Thanks for sharing another window into their lives with us.

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    Viviana Gallo says

    Bonitas!! Es la primera vez en su vida que tienen árboles a su lado y a su paso. Vivían en ese pozo terrible sin ver ni siquiera el horizonte… ahora es todo aprendizaje para ellas. Las amo!!

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