Part of the importance of sanctuary is giving each elephant the ability to explore the space – and also explore themselves. That might mean serious contemplation, but it also includes experiencing freedom on a simpler level: running, playing, being free to choose what suits their mood, expressing their inner emotions, and finding the silly parts inside that may have been suppressed for decades.
This video captures moments of Pocha and Guillermina enjoying the simple pleasures of life, immersing themselves in pure joy. We hope it inspires you to find a few moments to be silly yourself today (and always).
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Christine saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:20 pm
They are too funny! Enjoying life at sanctuary.
Nanette Cummimgs saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:26 pm
Loved this. To see them at play is awesome.
Pam saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:27 pm
Such great moments captured here! Sheer joy, play just because they can … So wonderful to see their silly side. I’ve already watched this three times since it appeared on facebook this morning, can’t get enough of seeing P&G happy! I have a question, about how Pocha puts her foot up on the fence railing, which I’ve seen in several videos — does her foot bother her, or is this a habit in some way, or is it a way to connect with Scott? Or something else? Thank you!
Kat Blais saysJune 20, 2022 at 3:45 pm
it’s a social behavior. we’ve cared for several elephants that do it. Mara used to do it with her front foot. she still does it, but not as often now that she prefers her elephant friends over her humans.
Patricia Aguilar saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:27 pm
Pocha to Guillermina: What do you want to do today?
Guillermina to Pocha: What will we do tomorrow?
Pocha: Play some more!
Nanette Cummings saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:27 pm
Loved this. To see them at play is awesome.
Tammy saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:29 pm
I just love watching all the girls those sounds their movements simply adorable can watch nonstop just too darn cute thank you for sharing 💞
Beci saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:29 pm
Wow very talkative. It feels like she is saying, “can you believe we are here with nice humans who only want us to live in freedom? I am so happy because this is a beautiful place that I never knew existed”.
Rachel saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:33 pm
I’m silly with joy for these two eles! It’s definitely a joy to watch them explore together. Mama must be sooo happy to see Guille being silly in their new, amazing home. 💝
LyndaJo saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:35 pm
What a joy to watch these two girls just being themselves!
Shirley Taylor saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:37 pm
This is so wonderful to watch thanks for sharing these beautiful and fun filled moments of these 2 wonderful girls who at last are living life as it should be. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for rescuing them from that concrete hell they lived in. X
Melinda saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:37 pm
They’re so adorable! nuff said!
Barb saysJune 20, 2022 at 2:45 pm
Remarkable video of the joyous life in Elephant Sanctuary Brazil! Oh how you must love to see them so happy!
Tracy H saysJune 20, 2022 at 3:43 pm
This video makes my heart swell with pride for these lovely ladies. So good to see them just do whatever they wanna do when they wanna do it. Love the squeaks, grunts and of course the beautiful trumpet sounds. Super cuties🐘🐘🐘🐘.
Sue saysJune 20, 2022 at 4:08 pm
Love the joyful sounds and the Sticky Outy Tails!!!! Thank you for sharing, it lifted my spirits seeing their joy!! ❤️🐘❤️
Elizabeth saysJune 20, 2022 at 4:15 pm
Wow, so much fun, complete with trumpets and stickie-outie tails. They are certainly getting more exercise.
Alana saysJune 20, 2022 at 5:09 pm
Knocking down a tree like a pro already ! & those squeaks! Just too cute! I can’t stop smiling Thanks.
Katherine saysJune 20, 2022 at 5:45 pm
Goofy and joyful – they seem to be saying “ look what we can do “!
Beji saysJune 20, 2022 at 5:46 pm
Grinning from ear to ear….again. Thank you!
Melissa saysJune 20, 2022 at 6:32 pm
I wonder if being in the sterile, limited enclosure for so many years is at all connected to the level of their vocalizations? Perhaps an entertainment/coping mechanism? Were they so vocal at the ecopark? It probably would have echoed wonderfully along the walls.
Kat Blais saysJune 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm
they were vocal in Mendoza, but there is a lightness to it now that is very new.
Cintia Abney saysJune 20, 2022 at 6:46 pm
Haha seems like they found a catnip bush for elephants 😍 what a party ❤️
June Ross saysJune 20, 2022 at 8:59 pm
Just plain wonderful!
Thank you Scott and Kat for the time involved in sharing these videos with all of us.
Kelejan saysJune 20, 2022 at 9:50 pm
They must have had more exercise in one month than a whole year. Must do wonders for their feet. What condition were their feet when you first treated them in Mendozer?
Sara saysJune 21, 2022 at 7:34 am
We haven’t begun treatment on their feet yet, even in Mendoza. They still have some training behaviors to learn as far as foot presentation, etc. They aren’t in great shape, but also aren’t in the same shape as an elephant like Lady. The natural terrain is definitely helping them to heal a little on their own.
Gayle saysJune 21, 2022 at 1:05 am
I love watching these two hamming it up and enjoying life! Their barking and raspberry sounds just crack me up. Maybe it’s their own secret language.
Madeleine Hackett saysJune 21, 2022 at 3:11 am
So happy and joyous.. you can see the strains and worries ebbing away!! Absolutely wonderful
Anita J saysJune 21, 2022 at 3:37 am
So much joy! So much happiness! Such a beautiful footage to watch seeing them so so happy, active, playful! Thank you for making posts every day for us to enjoy! A very quick question if I may…It has been said that girls like to spend time with Maia more then others. Her age is posted as 48 on her page, and rescue date 2016. Was she 48 in 2016?..? Does it make her now 54 years old? Is she the youngest from all the girls? If so, maybe that is why our GiGi tends to gravitate towards her more then other girls…Just thinking…xoxoxo
Sara saysJune 21, 2022 at 7:32 am
We try to keep their ages updated on the webpage, that should be close to her actual age. She is the youngest of the pre-Pocha and Guillermina residents.
John saysJune 21, 2022 at 10:22 am
Kat and Scott, did you guys think after only a month, this is what you’d be seeing from these two amazing creatures?
Sara saysJune 21, 2022 at 10:48 am
There certainly was no way to know. We do love seeing them embrace all the aspects of sanctuary and opening their hearts.
Marcia saysJune 21, 2022 at 5:38 pm
The SPEED! They can finally move with speed! And smile! And laugh! And run over random trees. And stick their butt in your face! But, “speed” at long last.
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