In this video taken by Ingo, we overhear a conversation between Pocha (left) and Guillermina (right). Of course, we don’t know what they are telling one another, but they do appear to be casual and relaxed. When an elephant is becoming more comfortable in her space, she may become more conversational, even making some of her sillier vocalizations. Pocha does most of the “talking” here, while Guillermina responds more slowly and deliberately, seeming to try to copy some of her mother’s noises.
Pocha makes a honking-type noise that none of the girls here make and that’s beyond charming. You can also see her tap her own trunk, which is also a form of communication and a behavior some elephants will do when they are vocalizing. The two of them will be welcome additions to our growing sanctuary orchestra.