Moving At Your Own Speed

Here, Guillermina is leading Bambi, Rana, and Mara to the barn and you can see the difference between Guille’s speed and what Scott lovingly calls the “grandma speed” of the other ladies. Rana is walking with a giant smile and a giant pile of hay in her nose – but she knows Bambi well and, when Bambi leans near to try to grab a bite, Rana quickly shifts her hay to the other side, where Bambi can’t reach it. 

This is just a simple moment captured that both makes us smile and also shows the comfort level growing among the newer and more long-standing resident elephants at the sanctuary. Relaxed energy is a positive thing.


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    Barb says

    Perfectly delightful! I am a grandma so I can vouch for grandma speed 🥰

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    Carol says


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    Katherine says

    Wonderful sight!

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    Maggie says

    I just love this. Guille certainly is a fast girl but she’s also much younger. I love Rana taking her snack with her also the way she moves it out of Bambi’s reach is brilliant. Great post thank you. ❤️❤️

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    Sue says

    What a wonderful video!!! Thankyou, and nice move RanaBug, lol!! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Zoi Flores says

    This’s a beautiful video to start the week! My dear Rana Bug goes to a picnic carrying extra food 😄. 💖💖💖💖

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    Pam says

    It’s so wonderful to see these bonds forming between Guillermina and the older girls! It looks like Pocha is not a part of the trek — Are P&G getting more comfortable being apart for extended periods? I’d love to hear how their choices of activities may be individualizing …

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      Sara says

      We’ll be sharing more about their individual journeys soon. But they are both integrating into the group really well at this point.

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    Andrea says

    I loooooooove them!

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    Beci says

    Why does Rana throw her left front leg out off to the left when she walks? So good to see them all together

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      Sara says

      Rana has an old injury to her wrist that occurred when she was younger (prior to sanctuary). She adapted early on and it doesn’t seem to bother her.

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    Sunny says


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    Julie says

    You are right, this is a smile-inducer! Also good for practicing identification of Ellies, these four anyway.

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    John says

    Oh my god, the little “thing” between Bambi and Rana was priceless, and precious!

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    Kristina says

    Rana seems to swing wide her front left leg, not bending it. She has knee issues?
    She was too quick for Bambi with the hay!

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      Sara says

      Rana has an old injury to her wrist from when she was young. It doesn’t seem to bother her.

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    Janine Proctor says

    Amazing to see all these beautiful elephants enjoying life at the sanctuary and their personalities are shining through. Thanks to all the team for looking after these wonderful elephants. You all deserve medals❤️

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    Richard Chiger says

    Do you know the height, in feet and inches, of all the elephants. I would love to know that.

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      Sara says

      I’m sorry – we don’t have that information.

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