Guillermina’s Grass Eating Technique

Like all of the girls, Guillermina finds joy in being able to graze throughout the habitat, generally enjoying time with her friends and doing something she’d never been able to do before sanctuary – simply choosing what and where to eat. On this day, she was spending time with Mara, sharing some calm moments together. 

In a recent video, we saw Lady’s technique of pulling off the tastiest bits of grass instead of eating the whole stalk, because the tops are her favorite. Guille’s approach is a little different. Most elephants, if they tear up the roots of grass while grazing, put their trunk up to their mouth and rip off the dirt-covered roots before eating it. Guille doesn’t tear them off, but bites them off once the grass is inside of her mouth and they fall away to the ground. It’s not an approach that is used by any of the other girls here but, as with many things, Guille follows her own path – and that’s okay.


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    Nancy says

    Isn’t that Great?! Made me laugh.

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    Katherine says

    Great Stuff!

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    Audrey says

    I love how Guille wears some of her grass, she looks good. She seems more calm now, than she was before her Mom passed.

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      Sara says

      The more time an elephant spends at sanctuary, the calmer they tend to get. She still has her moments, but she’s healing in a beautiful way.

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    Melinda says

    This is Guille’s song:

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      Sara says

      She does “gotta be” herself!

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    Susan says

    Such a cutie! I am still amazed at how they instinctively know what foods to eat in nature. Thank you for sharing, you know how much we love seeing videos! Love and hugs ❤️🐘❤️

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    Wim says

    Beautiful video, she looks balanced. Whatever works for Guille.

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    Carmen Dalziel says

    I love to know that Guille is doing well in difficult timers losign her mother. She seems to be drawn and able to learn and mingle with certain eles and that in itself is a great thing to see. But she has the greatest team in you there and I think she knows it! Love to all the eles and to ALL OF YOU CAREGIVERS!

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    John says

    Watching this, it’s easy to lose sight of just how big these creatures are. They move so gracefully. Well ok, maybe Bambi doesn’t sometimes! They’re all amazing in their own way.

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