While she still has an abundance of enthusiasm, Guillermina seems to be taking notes about how to manage her high energy behavior from the older ladies. As we know, Guille can be somewhat demonstrative, expressing her emotions in physical ways, which Pocha allowed her to believe was acceptable. Of course, the other elephants disagree with that sentiment; Guille’s more assertive behaviors are not okay in general elephant society and certainly wouldn’t be allowed in the wild.
We are beginning to see Guille pondering what she’s doing before she acts now. Where she once acted out without thinking, because she assumed that was okay, Guille is gradually evolving and learning lessons.
The other elephants, while trying to adapt to Guillermina’s youthful behaviors, have been largely physically reserved with corrections when Guille comes near to crossing the line. Instead, they seem to be leading with positive actions. A few days ago, Guille was walking over to Rana as though she was going to take some of Rana’s food. Where Rana might have once walked away with her hay in tow, this time she let out a little squeak and stood her ground. That small action was enough to cause Guille to slow down and think about what she was doing – and the fact that it might not be appropriate. We are seeing more of these small moments where Guille analyzes the situation more than she has in the past. She’s being more pensive and less reactionary. This is just another step in her evolution and in the dynamic shifts that are happening among all of the girls here at sanctuary.