Lady Visits Pocha and Guillermina a Third Time

Lady is one curious elephant when it comes to Pocha and Guillermina. A few days ago, she returned to the barn for a third chance to meet the new girls. The first time, Lady walked all the way up to the barn, but the girls didn’t notice her; the second time, she didn’t come as close, hanging out by the mud wallow. Again, the girls didn’t appear to notice Lady, since they are not always in the habit of looking up to see a few feet beyond where they’re standing. 

On this third occasion, Lady came back into Yard 1 to graze. Pocha made it clear that she saw Lady this time. Initially Pocha walked away a little, but then turned and walked toward Lady and their dividing fence (keeping about 20-yards between them) and threw her trunk up. It’s a motion that some elephants do to shoo away things. (They do it to the birds right now.) It seems that Pocha didn’t know if she should be protective or defensive. She just didn’t know what to make of Lady. 

This seemed to be a sign to Lady that Pocha wasn’t in the mood to chat, so Lady calmly walked away. As we’ve said, even the smallest things at sanctuary are new to Pocha and Guille. They might be sending out confusing signals as well; Lady may have assumed that the two of them saw her on her first two trips to the barn, and were very passive – when they actually didn’t see her at all. Both new girls are learning about this different world in their own time, so their bonds with the other elephants will take time to form and evolve. Time will tell what those relationships will look like.  

Photo of Lady, enjoying the sunshine


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    Pam says

    Thanks for the update! Is it common for new arrivals to take time to get used to the residents, and vice versa?

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      Sara says

      It’s not uncommon to take a little bit of time. Pocha and Guillermina are unique in that they are coming from a very sheltered place, both mentally and physically. It all takes time and they’ve progressed quite a bit in a week.

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    Melinda says

    I think the three will be besties in no time!

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    katherine says

    Everything is new to P & G – even smallest things, such as lifting their heads to see beyond a few feet away. So lovely of Lady to come and visit… it sounds like she is really interested in them. Perhaps their talking, squeaks and all resonate with her? Thanks for the privilege of letting us witness incredible scenes such as this.

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    Merry says

    Fascinating developments. Thank you so much.

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    Sue says

    Oh Lovely Lady, you make me smile 😄. I love how brave you are and how far you have come since arriving at Sanctuary. I feel if anyone will understand P&G’s hesitancy and learning curve, it will be her! Thank you for sharing, as always! ❤️🐘❤️

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Bless your sweet heart Lady. Usually so shy and timid, and now curious about this new duo! We shall see what happens, maybe Lady will return and the reception will be more welcoming. Thank you GSE for allowing these girls to grow and develop friendships on their own time.

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    Barb says

    Lady is so brave to make “contact” even though yards away from Pocha and Guillermina. Who knows what may develop between the girls. Fingers crossed 🥰

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      Sara says

      She’s been quite close to them. And we think it’s a wonderful step, isn’t it?

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    Julie says

    Awww. I’m so proud of all of the ladies. Lady is being so brave, and P & G are just doing the best they can under these new circumstances. Love these ladies!

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    Tammy says

    Oh bless her lil heart Lady you sure are a very sweet special elephant you Go Girl Pocha and Guille have a great friend in you that’s for sure 💞🐘

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    Beci says

    I thought an Elephant senses and smells other elephants (or whatever) are pretty aware without having to look up and see? To go from never being around other elephants to now having them in the area has to be exciting yet scary. Thank you again for giving these two a new life. Beci

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      Sara says

      Elephants have a unique way of communicating, both vocally and through vibrations. Everyone knows new elephants are around. Pocha and Guillermina are just learning to see the world outside their immediate view.

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    Zoi Flores says

    I saw a beautiful picture from one of the cameras where my Bugalicious looks to close to P&G. To see Lady Bug curious about the new girls melts my heart as she has been so alone for more than two years.

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    Sunny says

    I have the feeling that Lady and Pocha will understand each other ☺

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    Susan Flewelling says

    From our perspective, it would be nice if Lady finally made a couple friends – Lady may not feel the same.

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      Sara says

      As you say, Lady is the one who gets to make the choice. It’s interesting that she’s so curious, though.

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    Nancy Shaw says

    Lady is an Angel !!

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Lady Bug you are very curious about these new girls and potential best friends. You are so brave and just amaze me at your willingness to greet them. Love you to pieces. ❤️🐘

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    Beji says

    What a privilege to witness these girls transformation. All of them. I really get a good vibe about the future!

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    Wim says

    Lady can’t hide her sentient heart inside.

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    Jinjer says

    Oh dear…well, thank you for trying to be sociable, Miss Lady. Maybe next time!

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      Sara says

      It’s a big step for everyone. Just think of what Pocha and Guillermina were like a week ago! Progress all around.

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    Jillyp says

    Poor Lady being shooed when it’s wonderful she has come to see them. When Pocha settles more and gets used to seeing Lady, however long it takes, I really hope these two will be close friends. Lady is so beautiful. It’s wonderful she has been coming to investigate… I hope she keeps coming into the yard to see them ❤️❤️

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      Sara says

      It’s understandable that Pocha and Guillermina don’t know how to communicate with other elephants. Think of how far they’ve come in a week! And Lady is being so brave. It will be interesting to see how things evolve.

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    Elisa Timoteo says

    Hoping lady makes some friends and get a swad of her own….a new trio maybe? We’ll see!

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    Maria Monello says

    Awwwe my sweet suggas, Lady don’t get discouraged pretty princess..she hasn’t seen another elephant in almost all her life..that’s her baby girl next to her..yeah that adorable chubby bubby is momma Ps baby princess..she might have just got startled when she saw you..maybe she didn’t want baby girl to leave her and become best friends with you..maybe tonight or tmrw you can try again and tell her you just wanna be best girl friends and show her where all the yummy branches are such g old girl pretty are so so brave an ya know what she’s gonna be a little scared at first so just keep being brave and let her know you have no intentions on harming them or stealing her baby away you just want to be friends with the both of are such a brave pretty princess..DONT give up, ok prettiness?! They both need you and your strong brave mood..just keep talking an maybe bring her a yummy branch to snack on little princess 😍🌺🐘🐘🌺🌸🐘🌺🌸

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Oh Lady! What a sweetheart! This is fascinating–she somehow found the courage to approach the newcomers! Thank you for this post, we have a soft spot for little Lady!

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    Maria Tereza says

    Tomara que as três meninas conectem-se .E andem em grupo.Te amo Lady, gordinha gulosa do coração ❤❤❤❤.

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    Lynne Russert says

    I’d love to see Lady, Pocha & Gillie eventually become a little group like the Powder Puff gals!!!

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    Anita J says

    From all the girls I would never ever thought that Lady will be the first to make a move to greet our new arrivals. Lady, the loner, approaching new arrivals! I am still trying to understand that behaviour. I think all girls can hear and sense all those feelings of joy, wonder, bewilderment AND confusion, Pocha and Guille been sending since getting out of the crates. And I think there are quite powerful feelings, so much so that even Lady all the way from yard 5 came to investigate closer. Even though she is our Loner who can’t be bothered as yet with company of her own kind. This was truly fascinating to witness. Awaiting more developments with great anticipation..:-)

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