Bambi and Guillermina often get footwork done around the same time of the day. Sometimes they are very lighthearted about it, having small competitions to see which elephant can get the most attention from caregivers. On other days, they seem to want all of the focus on themselves, which is understandable. One might not always want a friend to tag along when going to the doctor.
It was after breakfast and time for Bambi’s foot treatment. Guillermina finished her food quickly, which was a surprise to no one. She wandered over to where Bambi was standing and started mimicking Bambi’s behavior; when Bambi would put a foot up on the fence, Guille would do the same, and so on.
Eventually, Bambi seemed to get a little tired of Guille trying to be the center of attention (even though she was making her very cute Guille noises). Bambi went into “auntie” mode and tried to express to Guillermina that it was time to respect Bambi’s boundaries. She did this by gently grabbing Guille’s nose and letting her know, in a non-aggressive way, that this was Bambi’s time to herself. Guillermina stepped away, but didn’t go far. As a young elephant, it’s natural to want attention, and Guille’s personality can lend itself to extra playfulness at times. In this instance, Bambi stood firm and gave Guille the message to step back – which she did – and Bambi had a successful and calm foot treatment session. These lessons are all part of how Guille has evolved from being an elephant who thought it was acceptable to be aggressive to her own mother, to observing and responding to individuals and the boundaries they have.
Photo of Guille and Bambi
P.S.: This week’s new podcast is the final one of the year. Kat and Scott talk about the steps that Ramba needed to complete before going into her required quarantine period. We also talk about the sanctuary’s wildlife rehabilitation and release program. We hope you enjoy it and we’ll see you next year!