Ingo Prepares Guillermina For Travel Sounds

This video shows Ingo gently working with Guillermina, getting her used to hearing unexpected noises while also staying relaxed in the crate. In order to prepare an elephant for transport, we  do our best to simulate sounds, banging, and other unfamiliar sensations they might experience as their crates are closed, loaded, and strapped down to the trucks and, ultimately, driving down a roadway. 

Here you can see Ingo casually hanging out, feeding Guillermina while she is in her crate, and making several different types of noises. Trish is on the opposite side, clanging and clattering away. You can see that, as Guillermina eats, Ingo bangs on the crate with his foot, jangles the locks, drums on a bucket, and generally makes a variety of noises. Guillermina doesn’t seem affected  in any way, so we will continue down the path towards rescue.


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    Charlotte Hansen says

    More and more progress! I’m so excited for this rescue!!

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    Rand Cooley says

    She’s like “Dude you can bang on the cage as much as you want just keep the treats coming” very smart elephant they are a lot smarter than we think sometimes and that is not a criticism of GSE Brazil you do yeoman’s work

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    carol says

    this is soooo awesome…love Ingo!!!

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    Terry Feleppa says

    What a beautiful, calm, readiness!!!❤❤

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    Debbie Sides says

    I like the bucket music tapping like the drums🥰💚🐘

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    Sandra Proceviat says

    I cant wait until we see them both put their feet down on earth and grass and see the other elephants.

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    Rachel says

    Haha, LOVE it! And that music was awesome…

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    Carey says

    Great idea, and yes she looks so calm, and lovely too. She must be loving all this stimulation and the fun and care she is getting. Well done Ingo Bravo and Trish. She’s looking really 👍🏼 good

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    Carmen Dalziel says

    FANTASTIC!!!!!! All these baby steps are paying off. Pretty soon Guillermina and Pocha will be home!

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    Suzanne ETon says

    Thank you for the update. Lots of progress being made. ❤️🐘🐘

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    Patricia says

    Oh, Ingo and Trish! Guillermina, you are beautiful and rising to the occasion! All my love to every person, pachyderm or human! 🥰🥰🥰

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    June Ross says

    Is Ingo right in the crate with her??

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      Kat Blais says

      no, he is outside of the crate, neither him nor Trish goes in the crate with them. they both function through protected contact.

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    Bonnie says

    Way to go

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    Lori Hoover says

    This is really encouraging news. Good luck to everyone, I have my fingers crossed that mom and daughter are getting closer to the goal.

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    Alana says

    She looks real content! Wonderful.

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    Greg says

    What a wonderful video. I loved the music blending in at the end. You can see the love that they share.

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    Patricia says

    Merciful heavens, I LOVE this video! I LOVE Guillermina! I forget sometimes how big they are, even though they’re “not as big as African elephants”. I loved it when Ingo squeezed the end of her trunk. To touch her, OMG, how amazing that would be. It’s never going to happen for me in this lifetime, but seeing these things makes my heart swell with joy. Thank you all and kissies to all these big beautiful amazing beings.

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      Sara says

      Allowing Ingo to touch her trunk shows she is trusting him and this willingness will allow us to likely be able to do the same quickly – to help in her training here at sanctuary.

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    John says

    Wow, you guys really do think of everything! Like others have said, I can hardly wait to see them set foot at the sanctuary. It will be very interesting to see how they adapt to such a dramatic change in their environments.

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    Carmen Lucia Souza says

    Ingo and Trish,
    Really wonderful work!
    Love and patience are the best medicine.
    We are waiting for you, Guilhermina!!!

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    Tracy says

    This is all so exciting and beautiful!!

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    Katie Howard says

    So – this is exciting! I do have a question: it appears she is still backing into her crate? Can she ride that way, for ranspirt?
    Loving all this progress!

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      Sara says

      We have now turned the crate around so that, if she continues backing in, she will be facing the right direction. We could transfer with her facing backward, but it’s much better if she is facing frontways.

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    Fernande Poitras says

    Quelle bonne nouvelle à toutes les fois que vous nous montrer leurs progrès je suis très contente à toutes les fois

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    Mike says

    Why don”t you move up Kenya’s rescue, since moving these two is obviously going to take another 3 years? Kenya is all alone.

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      Sara says

      We are constantly considering our options. At the moment, Kenya still does not have the necessary permits and training her would take our resources from Pocha and Guillermina and that could potentially set them back. There is no quick solution in this situation and we do evaluate and re-evaluate often. Right now, we are staying the course with Pocha and Guillermina because they are making progress. It may not be at the rate we all wish for, but they deserve a chance at freedom.

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Three YEARS to move Pocha and Guillermina??? Who said it would take THREE years?? From their progress
    I understood it would be much much sooner than that. Please fill us in.

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      Sara says

      I believe that was a bit of exaggeration on the commenter’s part. While we don’t expect the move to happen tomorrow, we certainly have never said anything resembling 3 years. Both girls are continuing to progress nicely.

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