Guillermina’s Vocalization

Guillermina and Maia spent the afternoon in the mud wallow together recently. Scott was there for a few minutes, so he went over to take a photo; he was quiet and just walked over to the fence without speaking. After taking the photos, Guille saw him and started moving toward him. He didn’t want to just turn around and walk away, so he stayed to greet her. 

Immediately, she started “talking” the way she used to when her mother Pocha was around. Guille trumpeted really loudly and put her head down to tap it against the gate. She and Pocha both did that, because they seemed to like the noise that the gates make. Guille vocalized some more and then trumpeted again before squishing her face against the fence. It was very sweet and charming. And it was the first time that she has been this kind of vocal and silly on her own, the way she once was only with Pocha. 

Guillermina will vocalize with the other elephants at times, but it’s normally just a little chirp and mostly her “raspberry” noise. At breakfast and dinner, she will occasionally chirp some when she’s ready to eat. But this is the first time we’ve seen some of what we once saw her do with Pocha since her mother passed away. She seemed to have closed that part of herself off in some ways, so it was encouraging to see it emerge. We’ll be curious to find out if it will continue as Guille becomes more confident in herself and realizes it is ok to show happiness this way, even after such a significant loss.

Photo of Guille


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    Melinda says

    What a wonderful story! I’m so happy Guille is coming out of her grief and connecting with others, elephants and humans!

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    Carol says

    Awwwww. Poor Guille girl. Losing moms is one of the worst heartaches a being can suffer. So happy she’s beginning to shine again. 💖💖💖

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    Sheila says

    Aaah Guillie❤️🐘. Nice to see u chat with Scott. Where u showing Scott how happy and grateful u are in ur beautiful home? So nice u r becoming such a nice young lady without ur dear muma Pocha. We all Loved 💝Pocha 🐘and miss her very much as I’m sure u do also dear Guillie

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    Julie says

    So touching….and but for Scott staying put I wonder if there would have been a witness to this showing of emotional growth!

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    Bonnie says

    Guillermina seems to be coming along little by little it’s never easy losing your mom and maybe it was harder for her because not only being in a strange place but alone at that time she still has so much to learn from her Auntie’s and still be a youngster

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    Patricia says

    Guille, we all love you and relate to the pain of Moms going to the Rainbow Bridge. I’ve always thought you were quite the exceptional girl–your dear mommy may have spoiled you, but she also encouraged your irrepressible and adorable (IMHO) personality. Grateful for you all at ESB! xoxoxo

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    Nancy says

    Such a touching, wonderful moment! Dear, sweet Guille. Hope this is sign that she’s healing from the sorrow she must be feeling.

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    Terry says

    She is such a brave girl! Scott brings out the best in them! He is such a safe presence/ present, a gift to her. Everyone at sanctuary is! Maia has been Guiĺles torch to Light her way through.

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    Tammy says

    So heartwarming to hear that Guille is spreading her wings and learning to fly again. It won’t be long now before you hear a symphony of joy coming from all the girls in unison wont that be a treat! The sounds the girls make are just incredible could listen to them all day long! Peace 💜

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    Carey says

    She’s coming along so well isn’t she, this is good to know, thank you

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    Lili says

    Gracias por compartir esas manifestaciones tan emocionantes de Guille! Ella está aceptando poco a poco la muerte de su mamá gracias a Maia y al amor de los humanos que la cuidan y velan por ella. Bendigo el momento en que Guille y Pocha dejaron el horrible pozo de cemento donde “vivían”. Pocha se fue en paz sabiendo que su hija tendrá una hermosa vida en libertad.

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    Susy says

    Mí hermosa Guille. Que paz saber que estás superando terrible ausencia. Eres un ser muy especial, cómo lo era Pocha. Vivieron juntas tantas dificultades, privaciones, tristezas e injusticias. Que puedas hoy demostrar fortaleza y deseos de seguir es más que importante. Te amo y amo a todas las chicas del Santuario

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    Lori Hoover says

    Why am I not surprised that Guille did this happy, loud behavior with Scott? It great to hear her finding a bit of her younger and maybe more confident self again.

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