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.