Pocha and Guillermina’s training in Mendoza is moving forward for the moment, though – as we have mentioned – gradually. Perhaps that is why the two ladies are trying to add a little excitement to their time in quarantine with some late-night antics.
On a recent evening, security guards caught the two being a little naughty. They were apparently attempting to relocate one of their transport crates, working together to push it from its spot in front of the habitat exit. Perhaps they knew there was a passage prepared to remove the crates once they are quarantine trained, and were planning an escape. To where, we don’t know.
Even though Guillermina has been a bit protective of the crates so far, it was amusing to know she and Pocha were working together to redecorate their space. The crates are anchored, so there was never any real danger that they’d go far. Also, for reference, the crates weigh approximately 12,350 lbs each (5600 kg) while the elephants weigh about 7275 lbs (3300 kg). They may have realized it would take teamwork if they were going to have any chance at moving them.
We still don’t have a date for their arrival. While they have begun quarantine, it will certainly be lasting for longer than 30 days. Argentina is tightening its borders due to the increased spread of Covid in South America, the girls still have to complete more testing, and then they have to get more acclimated with separation in their crates. We have no definite answers about when the team and elephants will be able to travel and do so safely. In the meantime, we hope that Pocha and Guillermina find some less mischievous nighttime activities.