After a long night, the girls met the day with LOTS of vocalizations – chirps, trumpets, and some little raspberries. Both elephants look more rested than on the night before and could see the sun rise over the horizon early this morning.
For those who were unable to join us last night on Facebook or Instagram – or who had to go to bed because it was so late – Pocha decided to stay in her crate for several hours before finally exiting. That was totally fine, as we let each elephant make their own decisions about what to do and when. She had a great deal of fun during a brief rainstorm, when she was able to make a miniature mud wallow (and break a drainage pipe, which was okay), and enjoyed dusting herself for a nice long while.
After her mother exited, Guillermina’s crate was moved into place and she, too, took a bit of time to exit into the barn. It is impossible to imagine what each of the girls were thinking and feeling during those moments – though one can guess there were many emotions. By late evening, a very sleepy mother and daughter joined one another in the barn. After a night of rest, Pocha and Guillermina seemingly woke with a bit of energy and had lots to communicate – as you can see and hear.