In the wild, female elephants live in a matriarchal society and mothering can be a group effort. Pocha, however, faced the reality of motherhood alone. She carried Guillermina for 22 months and gave birth to her in the pit – with nothing and no other elephants to help. Pocha is a remarkable mother, and the fact that Guillermina is so well adjusted is a testament to her patience and her strength. Pocha has brought stability to their lives in Mendoza.
Guillermina knows nothing of the outside of her enclosure or of other elephants. She will almost certainly need time to adjust to all of the new stimuli around her. But Pocha will have prepared her for this new life the best way possible. It is exciting to think of Guille experiencing the natural world for the first time, but we are thrilled for Pocha to witness her daughter learn things Pocha likely never thought possible; she’ll know they made it. Pocha will have new opportunities and also be able to watch her child grow and experience the natural world, which is moving to think about. We anticipate the special moments for her as much as we do for Guillermina. Happy Mother’s Day, Pocha. May there be many more to come.
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Cintia Abney saysMay 8, 2022 at 2:11 pm
My beautiful Pocha, with her profound love for her daughter.. Praying that these days go fast and they can touch each other in the beautiful Sanctuary as soon as they arrive.. ❤️❤️
Andrea saysMay 8, 2022 at 2:15 pm
One of your most touching posts. Tears in my eyes ….
Syd saysMay 8, 2022 at 2:32 pm
Tears and chills just knowing P&G willingly got into the crates ( after your years of work!), watching as they were lifted to the truck and then proceeded down the highways with ESB and police as escort. Even looking out their windows on a real world must be amazing and daunting for the two. It is such a leap of faith for all.
Tears only with your words to Mum Pocha. I can’t wait till they arrive safely to get taken into the loving care of you, your staff and the other five “girls”. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all you are willing to give up to offer sanctuary.
Constance S. Harris saysMay 8, 2022 at 2:33 pm
Tammy saysMay 8, 2022 at 2:36 pm
Yes indeed Happy Mothers Day Pocha! She is definitely a shining example of how even though the odds were stacked against her it didn’t stop her from being the best mother possible a shining example of how her perseverance love and patience produced such a beautiful baby girl getting them through the hardest the toughest of times so here’s looking forward to many years ahead with her daughter and her new herd family! much love and big hugs 💞
Zoi Flores saysMay 8, 2022 at 2:42 pm
We’ll be so lucky to witness their transformation 💖
Terry saysMay 8, 2022 at 3:15 pm
I can’t wait for that moment she steps out of the crate!!!!💓💓
She and Guillie so deserve this, as do all. Thank You!
andrea paola simonetti saysMay 8, 2022 at 4:37 pm
isso tudo é muito emocionante. obrigada por proporcionar essa felicidade a estes maravilhosos seres.
Debbie Sides saysMay 8, 2022 at 5:05 pm
Pocha is an amazing mother. Happy Mother’s Day dear lady. We send all our love to you and your baby Guille!💚
Wim saysMay 8, 2022 at 5:09 pm
Happy Mother’s Day Pocha.
Nobody but you knows how you’ve suffered raising a child in concrete custody.
Tracy saysMay 8, 2022 at 5:16 pm
Yes Happy Mothers Day Pocha!!
So excited for you to experience sanctuary together. ❤️
Beji saysMay 8, 2022 at 5:31 pm
This just touches my heart and soul. Happy forever after in Brazil for both of you!!
Susan saysMay 8, 2022 at 5:59 pm
So beautifully said. It is going to be an incredible journey for them moving forward and so appreciative that they have all of you and Sanctuary to call Home. ❤️🐘❤️
JamesMichael saysMay 8, 2022 at 7:17 pm
Happy Mothers’ Day, Pocha, You are one strong Woman. I love you and Guillarmina (sp?), and look forward to being with you- in spirit, at least- for many wonderful years to come.
Julie saysMay 8, 2022 at 7:26 pm
Thank you so much for this reminder of Pocha’s larger-than-life gift for mothering! I pray especially for her because it seems separation from her daughter is tough on her. Hang in there, honey. You are so loved by many, and we all wish you speedy travel!
Rachel saysMay 8, 2022 at 11:45 pm
Beautiful post yet it comes with feelings of deep sadness too. However, today is a day to be celebrated and Pocha is my inspiration. What a wonderful mama elephant day it is for sure! 🙏💝
Anita J saysMay 9, 2022 at 12:06 am
I can’t help by think that Pocha had an awful, awful, painful life in that ZOO. She spent her whole life on that concrete. And gave birth there, all alone. That must have been so scary! She was as much a prisoner as her beautiful baby Guille. Pocha will be like a re-born creature as well in our beautiful sanctuary. She will become a student and a learner of so many things, smells and sensations. I often wonder if She will know how to dust herself, how to roll in that mud or take a nice deep dip in a pond…And somehow I know all our girls will welcome those two and will be their guardians. Slowly but surely the herd is growing…a new, larger family in a making. I can’t wait to see all those beautiful, wonderful “firsts” for both of them. Pocha will be even stronger and more loving, confident Mother to Guille – if that is possible…THANK YOU for making it all happen! Thank you…:-)))
Sunny saysMay 9, 2022 at 9:35 am
You deserve it, Pocha 💕
Shirley saysMay 9, 2022 at 1:06 pm
Can’t wait to see them when you arrive.
Sherry saysMay 9, 2022 at 3:14 pm
That concrete home was a prison for sure, but no more! God made sure they had each other and now onward
to their new beautiful home!
Vicki saysMay 9, 2022 at 6:09 pm
Beautiful words for Mom & her daughter.
Following your progress with 🙏🏻🙏🏻 for safety & comfort for all –
sending love from Phoenix Arizona USA ♥️♥️
Richard Chiger saysMay 10, 2022 at 10:39 am
As hard as it must have been to raise her calf alone and in that pit, at least Pocha did not have to endure the pain that most captive mother elephants go through, having their calf torn from their side. Now they will be in sanctuary with a “natural” environment all around them. It is a pity that Guillermina will never know the joy of becoming a mother and Pocha, a grandmother. I know that the purpose of a sanctuary is non breeding in captivity, but I think in this kind of situation elephants could live a more normal and natural life.
Sara saysMay 10, 2022 at 11:17 am
It is true that our goal is to provide them the most natural life possible. Breeding in captivity is against the tenets of our accrediting agency GFAS, so it’s certainly not something we would ever do.
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