Discovering the “Itchy Scratchy Tree” is somewhat of a rite of passage for elephants who are new to the sanctuary in Brazil. After being so well loved by 7 elephants at this point (and falling victim to a storm), we are amazed that it’s still around to welcome the 8th and 9th: Pocha and Guillermina. This video – with no sound, since it was taken from our observation camera – shows Guillermina’s first encounter with the tree that we know of.
The two elephants are taking part in their favorite activity – dusting themselves in a dirt pile. Guille seems to get a little silly, giving herself a satisfying trunk scratch on the tree. Then she gets extra playful by lying down in the dirt and rolling around. You can see exactly how round her belly is in the video; it’s hilariously adorable. Just another moment of two elephants enjoying some of the many things that sanctuary provides on a daily basis.
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June Ross saysMay 31, 2022 at 2:06 pm
They both look so gleeful! I wish I could crawl into their brains to see what they are thinking with all of this new found freedom. Amazing!
Kayle saysMay 31, 2022 at 2:11 pm
As always, so heartwarming they are quickly discovering the “rite of passage”
Claudia saysMay 31, 2022 at 2:13 pm
Deb saysMay 31, 2022 at 2:39 pm
I am sooo happy for them!
Pam saysMay 31, 2022 at 2:39 pm
What joy to watch this video! They are both so relaxed and at ease with their new world. Thank you, GSE, for giving them a new life!
Sherry saysMay 31, 2022 at 3:29 pm
Finally, loving life!!!! Thank you, ESB!!!😎🌺❤️
Susan saysMay 31, 2022 at 3:39 pm
OMG, this is so fantastic!! I have been waiting for an Itchy Scratchy Tree encounter with one or both of these girls!! Like you said, it seems somewhat a rite of passage to experience the enjoyment of this beloved tree!!! And when our cutie pie sat down, I just about burst with joy, could she be any more adorable?? Thank you for sharing, I love these moments!! Love and hugs! ❤️🐘❤️
Charlotte Hansen saysMay 31, 2022 at 3:44 pm
Happiness beyond their wildest dreams! I’m so happy for them!!
Nancy saysMay 31, 2022 at 3:52 pm
This is truly a momentous occasion. To think that after so many years of doing without such natural things they take to it like they’ve always known how
Barb saysMay 31, 2022 at 4:01 pm
The tree is a bit magical and so are the moments you share with us!
katherine saysMay 31, 2022 at 4:44 pm
wonderful to watch this. thank you for all that you do.
Elizabeth saysMay 31, 2022 at 4:45 pm
So happy they are having fun! I think the itchy scratchy tree trunk needs a bath. I thought the bark was rubbed off, but I think it is dirt caked on there. Hmmmm, not sure.
Sara saysMay 31, 2022 at 5:17 pm
I think it’s a little bit of both.
jean saysMay 31, 2022 at 5:15 pm
John saysMay 31, 2022 at 6:23 pm
I can’t wait until they discover THE POND! OMG!
Patricia saysMay 31, 2022 at 10:03 pm
Yes! Hilariously adorable and adorably hilarious! I am so madly in love with them! 💖🌸💖
Sheila saysJune 1, 2022 at 5:34 pm
BRAVO TO GUILLE. SHE LOOKS VERY HAPPY SCRATCHING. ILL BET SHE WILL USE THIS VERY OFTEN. SHELL FEEL BETTER THAN THE
CEMENT WALL.SCRATCH. LOVE THE UPDATED ON THESE LADIES. THEY R UNOLDING LIKE A FLOWER BUD🐘🐘🌻
Anita J saysJune 2, 2022 at 8:41 pm
That was such a sweet, joyful footage! Another milestone achieved! Another very important activity discovered! Their lives are so rich now in this amazing landscape. Forever grateful here for all you work. Thank you
Tracy H saysJune 2, 2022 at 9:57 pm
So happy these 2 lady 🐘 are now experiencing life as it should be. They look amazingly happy and couldn’t get any cuter. I love them all and can’t thank you enough for what you do for all these majestic beauties. It’s truly a blessing and calling to be able to work with these special girls. Thank you Scott and Kat for loving them as they should be loved🐘🐘🐘
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