Guillermina hasn’t quite settled into the idea that people might be near the habitat for reasons that don’t include food. Sometimes elephants need medical checkups, dung needs to be cleaned up, or the caregivers just drive by to make sure everyone is okay. For Guille’s whole life, the main reason people would stop by was to bring meals. Later on, when our staff was there doing quarantine training at Mendoza, those interactions also revolved around food rewards, so it makes sense that she would associate humans with snacks.
It’s not uncommon for most elephants to have this response in their first few months at sanctuary. The only difference between Guille and the other residents is that she’s 24-years old and fast. The rest of the girls tend to approach slowly, which gives caregivers plenty of time to prepare. Because of Guille’s speed, videos of her might be shorter than others because, as you can see, she manages to get close to anyone filming her rather quickly.
Here, she crosses the yard at a quick pace, starting next to Rana and meeting up with a squeaky Mara, who is leisurely grazing. Guille soon discovered there was no food to be found from the humans and went on her way, perhaps hoping for a different result next time.
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Patricia saysNovember 10, 2022 at 2:47 pm
Guille is a speed racer girl and ADORABLE! 😘😘😘
Pam saysNovember 10, 2022 at 2:55 pm
I love any chance to see happy elephants in a natural setting … and watching Guillermina be so animated and upbeat is a real treat. Thank you.
Carey saysNovember 10, 2022 at 5:20 pm
hello, Is she grazing much yet?
Sara saysNovember 10, 2022 at 5:26 pm
Yes, she does graze with the others.
Alice saysNovember 10, 2022 at 6:06 pm
Think of the wonderful exercise she is getting for muscle tone and weight control!!💜 What lovely elephants in a beautiful setting!
Lili saysNovember 10, 2022 at 7:25 pm
Qué lindo ver nuevamente a Guille con esa picardía de niña. Extrañaba verla haciendo esas travesuras y la paciencia de las chicas con ella. Son muy bonitos esos videos.
John saysNovember 10, 2022 at 8:51 pm
It boggles my mind how Guille survived that concrete pit. It’s such a beautiful thing to see her now. My hope is for many more years for her.
Wim saysNovember 12, 2022 at 2:30 am
She looks amazing. Ready for the food race.
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