Since their first tentative explorations of Yard 4, Pocha and Guillermina have begun to go deeper into the habitat, with increasing curiosity. Yesterday, the two walked about halfway from the barn to the pond; Scott, keeping an eye on them from a distance, expected the girls to turn back. They did for a moment, but then turned to head out again, this time deciding to keep moving further into the habitat.
All of a sudden, Guillermina caught sight of the pond for the first time, and perhaps it was love at first sight, because she made a sharp right turn toward the water – not taking her speed into account. She slid down the muddy embankment and right into the pond. Pocha took a slower approach, but also splashed into the water with enthusiasm. It was interesting to see Guille in the lead when it came to entering the pond, because she’s been the more hesitant of the two to play in the mud and water.
The two got into and out of the water several times. You can see here that Guillermina takes great joy in splashing with her trunk, delighted at the movement of the water. Pocha eventually decided to submerge all the way under the water, while Guille remained slightly more tentative. This was probably the most playful we’ve seen either elephant since they arrived; their energy was light and Pocha seemed super smiley for the rest of the day. The girls spent most of the afternoon in and around the pond, before heading back to the barn. Another day at sanctuary, another first for Pocha and Guillermina.