Maia and Guillermina Both Want Foot Work

Lately, Guillermina and Bambi have been attempting to share time getting foot work done. Their “competition” for attention is both charming and funny. Until now, Guille has reserved that type of play for Bambi, leaving the others to their own checkups and foot work. 

However, today when we started doing foot treatments on Guille, Maia walked over. This was curious because Scott had placed some hay to the side specifically for Maia, but she walked over to Scott and Guille having not touched her food. Almost immediately, Maia put her foot on the fence, indicating that she also wanted her foot trimmed – just like Guille was. So, Scott started working on her feet, just to engage with her a little. Maia doesn’t get the same number of treatments and foot work as some of the other girls because she’s hearty and healthy and doesn’t need much in the way of daily medical care, though she does get regular checkups. 

Guillermina stayed while Maia was getting her feet attended to, still interested in her own foot treatment. We hold elephants’ noses sometimes when we’re giving them care and, at one point, Scott was holding Maia’s trunk with Guille’s just on top. Guille put her leg up on the fence, just as Maia was doing, reflecting what she’s learned so far. Maia began taking a nap, which she’s known for, so Guillermina decided she might take a light snooze as well. Both elephants ended up receiving interaction with caregivers and extra food rewards, which seems to be at least part of what they wanted. We may also be seeing a simple desire for companionship between the two.


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    Christine Strickling says

    Love these two! This picture should be on a calendar.

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    They are adorable and charming. ❤️❤️🐘🐘

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    Pamela Hall says

    How great! Progress in friendship and care. Your loving care is reaping such great rewards!!

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    Now they need some male companionship!!!! Bring Tamy home to GSE !!!! So Guille can better know her father…….

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      Sara says

      He’s not ready for transport yet. As soon as he’s properly trained, we’ll bring him home.

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    Melinda says

    How adorable that they are competing for the attention of their carers! It’s even more important, to Maia at least, than food! Btw, I love my pedicures too!

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    Carol says

    This is beyond adorable and they are so smart! Unbelievable! Love them so. 💗💗

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    Barb says

    Such a beautiful and funny riot! “She who must not be outdone”! 🥰

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    John says

    My what big feet they have! This gives the proper perspective on their size. Amazing.

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    Lori Hoover says

    I would have a hard time picking which action sounds the cutest here, but the picture does make it all very clear. It sounds like one of the sweetest interactions during footwork………ever, LOL I’m not sure if it’s the angles in the photo or what, but Scott looks extra small next to these two ladies. E’xtra, extra small, and the girls look extra cute with double duty footwork between friends. Thank you for sharing this story and the photo with us.

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    Carolyn Clarke says

    A little bit of jealousy happening for Scott’ attention maybe? 😊

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      Sara says

      It’s always possible. They just seem to want to play with one another this way.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Too funny! I think they both have a crush on Scott!

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    Lynne Russert says

    Tooooo sweet!!🩷

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    Patricia says

    Just when you think they can’t get any cuter and goofier! They are SO smart, adorable, hilarious. 💞💞💞💞💞

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    Tammy says

    I love it Guillermina is too funny, possibly a lil green eyed monster has found its way or she wants to be part of the cool kids club either way its adorable, sending big hugs to all 🤗💞

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    Maureen says

    This is like “break the internet” level cuteness!!! These girls are so adorable. Don’t be surprised when you have all 3 of them lined up for foot treatments – hahaha

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    Debbie Sides says

    Oh my goodness they’re just the cutest! Snoozing together, pedicure together 🥰💚

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    Wim says

    The famous foot work party. Their daily growth is really adorable and amazing. Becoming quite the sanctuary family.

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    Sevda Cenkci says

    I love them so much

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