While Guillermina is processing her relationships with other elephants in a slow and measured way, she has strong bonds with both Bambi and Maia. Occasionally, she tries to push Bambi’s buttons a little bit, but Bambi doesn’t allow Guille to get away with much of anything. Maia is a strong personality in Guille’s life, and Guille doesn’t try to get in her way very often, except when she’s being particularly silly. Guille has a good sense of boundaries when it comes to Maia and their relationship is only growing tighter because of it.
As we’ve spoken about before, during dinner, Guille has been known to stroll around looking for a chance to grab some extra hay or produce from the others. As Maia, Guille, Bambi, Rana, and Mara were eating together, Guillermina looked in Bambi’s direction and seemed to immediately decide that Bambi was not going to be an ideal target for sharing. Slowly and quietly, Guille walked toward Maia – not in a manner that indicated she was going to push her way in to get some food, but more cautiously and thoughtful. Seeming to take notice of this, Maia picked up a bite and walked a half step away, letting Guille finish the rest of the pile laying there. It was a moment that seemed nurturing and was almost certainly a move toward positive reinforcement, with Maia acknowledging that Guille didn’t just plow her way over to Maia’s dinner. Rather, she came over and paused to wait for Maia’s response. Even small moments like this can represent big reflections of growth for Guillermina.
Photo of Maia