As we mentioned last week, Guillermina is still in the process of learning the best ways to live with other elephants. She has a very young and boisterous personality that, while often charming, can seem a little much for some. Still, the other elephants are doing their best to learn what life is like around such youthful energy. Part of this process is teaching Guille to communicate in a healthy way, which will most likely take some time.
In this video, each elephant is having a snack after their meal, in a different spot in the habitat. Placing food throughout the habitat encourages them to move around and gives them something to look for. But, they generally end up finding food and relocating so they can eat right next to one another. Guillermina is a quick eater and sometimes impatient with finding her own food. To her, it’s easier to see who has already found snacks and try to take some bites from that elephant’s pile. Specifically, she knows that Pocha doesn’t resist when Guille wants some food.
Here, you catch a glimpse of how subtly Guille can maneuver another elephant physically. Guille walks directly over to Mara and bumps her to sort of scoot her out of the way. Mara’s response is to take a bite of hay and walk off, leaving the rest of food for Guillermina. Guille displays different levels of intensity at times when dealing with other elephants. But, more often, she uses behaviors that can be pushy and subtle, rather than overtly aggressive. We wanted to give you an idea of what this more understated form of control looks like and let you know it’s not necessarily as forceful as some might picture in their heads. As we said, Guillermina still needs to learn what is appropriate in social situations, but this behavior isn’t who she is; it is just how she learned to get what she wanted in the deprived situation she came from. She is a fun presence that is invigorating the others in ways we couldn’t have anticipated. As time goes on, we will see how they all adapt to one another.