This week, Pocha and Guille took what is, for them, a big step in expanding their comfort zone within the sanctuary. For the most part, they’ve been content to remain in the three yards closest to the barn – not really looking past those boundaries. Now they are sensing there is more to this new home and gradually looking up and out at what else there is to see.
With Pocha leading the way, the two began inching into Yard 4 – going in, then back out, then in again. They seemed unsure at first about how far they were willing to venture from their home base by the barn. Guillermina appeared more hesitant than Pocha to remain in Yard 4, crossing back into Yard 3 a number of times. We watched from afar as both of them stayed in Yard 4 for over an hour. They are still learning to navigate the terrain, sometimes bumping their backs into the lower branches of trees. There will be more land and topography to explore and learn about as they become more comfortable with the idea of moving further into the habitat.
In the meantime, it is nice to know Pocha and Guille feel that they can still return to the barn as their “safe space.” Exploration then retreat is the norm for these two, so this tentative expansion of horizons is the next logical step for them. Even though they may not be charging forward with the confidence some may wish, they are learning what makes them comfortable and growing at a rate that’s healthy for them.
Photo: Guillermina (left) and Pocha (right)