Guillermina and Maia have similar energies in many ways including, as we are finding out, during foot care sessions. Maia is well known for her sleepy demeanor during footwork and it seems that Guille is starting to approach her mani/pedi time with the same attitude.
Although Guille doesn’t fully fall asleep in the way that Maia sometimes will, she does put her foot up and then slightly doze off, crossing her trunk over so she can lean on her shoulder to snooze. She’ll tilt her head and close her eyes most of the way – which is an interesting way for an elephant who normally has so much spunk to behave.
As for her feet, they are in okay shape. She just needs to get used to the process, since she’s never had much training with foot presents to speak of, and no footwork at all. Because she walked on concrete and now walks on natural substrates, her nails are not significantly overgrown. Her cuticles need some work, but we’re going slow in that area, since they can be sensitive. Her pads are what is in the worst condition. As we’ve seen with some of the other elephants here, they are overgrown, with multiple layers of pad alternating with dirt and debris trapped in between. Her feet aren’t like Lady’s, and nature will help with some of the issues, but she will need to get her feet into good condition first. So far, she’s doing really well, if only a touch lazy.
Photo of Guille at the training fence for footwork