As we’ve talked about before, relationships among the elephants here at sanctuary continually evolve. The dynamics between Guillermina and the other elephants have been in constant motion as she learns to be a member of a herd and they learn what life is like with a younger elephant.
This video represents a moment where those changing dynamics are evident, as Guille approaches Mara while she was grazing. Mara, who has in the past been sensitive to Guille’s presence, doesn’t stop grazing as Guille approaches her from behind. Mara doesn’t appear stressed or concerned, even though she is in a vulnerable position with her back to Guillermina. The two graze with one another for a moment and then Guille continues along her way. This sort of “checking in” with each other is a normal part of elephant herd behavior. The girls come and go, meeting up with the others at times, and at other times they just pass by briefly. It is hard to know how Mara and Guille’s relationship will change over time, but this appears to be a step in a positive direction for both elephants.