Guillermina is Patient During Bambi’s Treatments

Guillermina had a day recently when she seemed like her old enthusiastic self – like she was going to steamroll everybody and try to share their food. But she got a few fence posts away from the other girls and just stopped. Scott put her breakfast a few meters from the rest of the elephants and she was perfectly behaved.

She has been doing a great job at keeping her exuberance at bay during Bambi’s morning treatments. There are plenty of times when Bambi is getting a check-up and Guille wants to come over and participate. These days Bambi seems to feel a little more vulnerable than she might otherwise, due to her increasing loss of vision and her still-healing wounds from when she lay down. She has a wound on her hip and a relatively superficial spot on her cheek. She also has a tear on her tail, which was the most painful of her injuries. 

But Guille is being much more respectful of Bambi’s space. Bambi has no problem telling Guille to go away when she’s not in the mood for playing or if she wants the caregiver’s attention to herself. But because Guille is being more respectful of Bambi and her time, Bambi is being more passive. There are moments that can be incredibly sweet. Guille will just stand nearby and watch Bambi’s treatment and she gets rewarded for that. Now that she knows she might get treats or attention for keeping to herself, she has no problem being easy going. Guillermina clearly cares about her friend, but she loves treats, too.

P.S.: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this year’s Trunks and Treasures online auction has been canceled. We appreciate your interest, and we are hopeful for its return next year.

Photo of Guillermina searching for the perfect spot of grass



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    Patricia says

    My precious Guille rises to the occasion! 💞💗💞

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    Sue says

    If an elephant should lose their sight, are they able to adjust in most cases? I am thinking of course, of sweet Bambi. She seems to be making adjustments already to dealing with her weakening sight, but was I was interested in your thoughts. Thank you!!❤️🐘❤️

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      Sara says

      It depends on the situation, of course. But elephants have other strong senses that help. And others can help them along. In Bambi’s case, Maia could be a valuable friend.

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    Carey says

    Yes interested in Sue’s question too. Their eyesight is not the most important of their senses I understand, but it must take a while to adjust? So good she has formed a good bond with Maia.
    Guille has been on what we might call a steep learning curve coming to the sanctuary hasn’t she? It’s very touching how much she’s learnt.

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      Sara says

      Because Bambi’s loss of sight is gradual, she should adapt relatively well. And, yes, Guille has learned so much in her time at sanctuary.

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    Gillian Gandy says

    Guille has done well adjusting to Sanctuary Life without her mom. It’s lovely to see her realising that Bambi needs space.

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    Zoi says

    Bravo. Guille!!, you are such a good girl.
    I am sorry you had to cancel the auction.

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      Sara says

      We are disappointed as well. Things just didn’t work out this year.

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    Bonnie says

    Thing’s will get better

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    Terry says

    I just looked up the meaning of Guillerminas name- Sensitive and charming. Yep, that’s our girl alright!!!❤️

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