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Guillermina, Bambi, and Maia Along the Fence Line

Here we get a close look at the lovely faces of Guillermina, Bambi, and Maia as they stand along the fence line after dinner. Guillermina is there to check for scraps from her neighbors’ piles, as well as to get some good quality time with her friends. You can see that Maia reaches over to hug her friend’s head and also gives Bambi a quick scratch on the face. You may notice that Bambi’s facial injury is gradually healing. For a while, Maia’s physical touch would rub off the salve on her cheek, but Maia is much more gentle now and Bambi is recovering nicely. 

Guillermina wants to make sure she gets her special amount of time with the other two elephants, so she circles around Bambi and Maia, making her place at the end of the line, next to Maia. Both friends are sticking close to Bambi, as she is learning more about how to navigate a loss of vision and increasing usage of her other senses. If she calls to Maia, Maia will always come. Bambi also seems to feel comfortable around Guillermina, though Guille will sometimes take the opportunity to steal a few bites of Bambi’s leftover hay. All in all, it was a relaxing afternoon for all three girls. 

P.S.: Don’t forget the newest episode of our podcast drops today. Learn more about Mara, her bout with illness, and how we at sanctuary keep a close eye on her.

Comments(4)

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    Sue says

    Just lovely, thank you for sharing. I can’t get enough of Maia’s re-emerging love and friendship side. Always reminds me of her and Guida’s deep connection and it is so wonderful to witness her joy! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Terry says

    How incredibly precious and sweet these connections are with each other!

    Nice job in getting that owie to heal up for Bambi. !

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    Sheila says

    Scott. Is BAMBI ONLY BLIND ON ONE EYE??
    I WAS HOPING BAMBI COUKD GET THAT
    CATARACT REMOVED SO SGE COULD
    STAND A CHANCE TO SEE. AGAIN OUT OF THAT LEFT EYE.
    YES GUILLIE IS A CLEAVER SNEAKY GIRL. SHE KNOW HOW TO
    MANEUVER. AROUND BAMBI AND MAIA. TRYING TO STEAL
    THE FRUIT LEFTOVERS. MAIA. KNOWS WHATS GOING ON .
    SHE MAY FOOL BAMBI THO😃

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      Kat Blais says

      we’ve discussed multiple times that she is not a candidate for surgery. aside from it being done only a handful of times on elephants, her age makes her too high risk for sedation. many elephants do fine with vision loss, but just like with humans, it is an adjustment.

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