Guillermina and the Foxes

The daylight hours are shorter and shorter lately due to the change in seasons, so oftentimes it’s dark not long after elephant dinner time. So though this video might look like it was taken in the middle of the night, it was actually just about an hour after the evening meal. 

This clip was taken from our security camera, so there is no sound, but you can see Guillermina standing along the fence line finishing up some leftover dinner scraps. We have multiple species that come around, also looking for snacks, and two foxes rather brazenly came near Guille – with one attempting to get something from the pile directly in front of her. Even without sound, you can see by the motion of her head that she probably trumpeted in response to this. 

Almost right away, Bambi popped up to find out what was going on. You can see her watching the foxes as well, though she doesn’t seem particularly concerned. Even though she was startled, Guille still had some energy to expend, so she put her rear end in Bambi’s face, as she sometimes does as a way of playing or offering a submissive greeting. Bambi has gotten used to this and she doesn’t seem to mind it on this occasion. 

After the excitement was over, Guillermina made her way back to the spot where Bambi came from. It’s likely that some of the other girls were there, so it’s nice to see that Guille was close to them during the evening. Bambi stayed behind and found what the others were looking for: a few bites of food. Bambi showing sisterly concern, and running to check on Guille when she was started, is really encouraging. Relationships are continuing to grow in what appears to be a natural herd development direction. 


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    Cintia Abney says

    Oh my heart!! Bambi running to Guille’s rescue until “oh, just the foxes” moment, and some scraps won’t hurt either ❤️❤️❤️

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    katharine says

    cool, surreal video!

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    Melinda says

    That’s very sweet and also funny! Those little foxes thought they could tease one elephant, but two, no way!

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    Carey says

    Wonderful rich experiences for Guille and dear Bambi looking after her little sister… very special to see, thanks

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    Bonnie says

    Guille no way food all mine

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    Terry says

    Bambi is so protective of Guille!
    I know there were bugs flying around on this video. Are you familiar with orbs? Many of these helping spirits around too!

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    Renata Alvares says

    Nossa, como é bom ver a Guille sendo cuidada e amada pelas meninas. Ela está cada vez mais adaptada e interagindo sem levar bronca das companheiras.
    Love you, Guille.

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    John says

    Life is a little different than in the concrete pit, hey Guille? What a transformation. GSE is a beacon of light in the world.

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    Rick says

    Since you’re south of the equator, shouldn’t your days actually be getting longer?

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      Kat Blais says

      they will start getting longer, yes. right now they are very short- sunset around 5:30 pm.

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