Guillermina had a teachable moment recently, when she walked away with some of Maia’s hay and received a gentle reprimand. This week, Pocha and Guillermina have been sharing yards with Bambi, Maia, Mara, and Rana –
so Guille now has opportunities to show the new social skills that she’s been learning.
On a recent morning, she and Pocha saw Maia in the yard grazing. Guille seemed to consider her options on how to greet Maia and opted for a more submissive approach – walking toward her backward. Once there, Guille didn’t just take a bite of Maia’s hay and walk away, as she did last time. Instead, she stood next to Maia and shared a snack, which is appropriate social behavior in a herd and was received much better by Maia. Clearly, Guillermina learned a little something from her prior encounter. Guille will likely need more instruction on how to create healthy boundaries and interact in respectful ways with each elephant. But, on this morning, she and Pocha made a “Maia sandwich,” standing on either side of Maia. All were nice and calm, and it was a very charming silhouette.
Photo of Guillermina, followed by Pocha
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Pam saysJune 27, 2022 at 2:10 pm
This is such a great development! So good to hear that Guillermina is “teachable,” and that she seems to learn quickly, even with gentle lessons. I’m excited to see how her personality continues to mature in the weeks and months ahead. It’s also wonderful to know that Pocha and Guille seem to be comfortable spending time with the other ladies during the day … Have there been any more interactions between Lady and Guille or Pocha?
Sara saysJune 27, 2022 at 2:24 pm
Other than the moment last week when Lady almost touched Guille, there haven’t been any more interactions between Lady and the two new elephants.
Elisa Timoteo saysJune 27, 2022 at 3:17 pm
I’m so happy for them and also so happy for Maia, that now has company!
Zoi Flores saysJune 27, 2022 at 3:59 pm
Outstanding student! 💖
Charlotte Hansen saysJune 27, 2022 at 4:03 pm
This is why I so look forward to your posts every day! They’re filled with such good stuff like this!!
Sara saysJune 27, 2022 at 4:06 pm
Viviana Gallo saysJune 27, 2022 at 5:10 pm
Leo todos los días los avances de estas hermosas chicas. Los espero con ansias y mucha curiosidad por conocer su proceso. Gracias por compartir!!
Wim saysJune 27, 2022 at 5:48 pm
Wonderful. Look at me l can do this.
Guille will be learning fast with all her aunties close by.
Debbie Sides saysJune 27, 2022 at 6:07 pm
That is the cutest! Maia sandwich☺️ So nice that Guille is learning how to live in the herd.
Bertica Valdes Suarez saysJune 28, 2022 at 1:45 am
All the ladies have become potential aunties to Guille–it takes a village of family to teach the young ones.
SHEILA saysJuly 3, 2022 at 5:22 am
OH THIS REVERSE GUILLE MUST HAVE BEEN WHAT I SAW. ILL BET MAIA IS WONDERING
WHO AND WHY SHES REVERSING TO ENTER YARD??? I FIND THIS HILAIRIOUS THAT GUILLE DOES THIS. HAS GUILLIE MADE ANY OVERTURTES TO LADY RECENTLY??? So GLAD GUILLE IS NOT FEARFUL OF MAIA!
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