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.
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Greg saysMay 13, 2022 at 9:46 am
Welcome to your new home and life girls. May you have many, many years of happiness and good health with the other elephants. I look forward to following your journey!
Alejandra Enquin saysMay 13, 2022 at 9:54 am
Que felices y emocionadas estan🙏❤️🐘🐘contactar la tierra y empolvarse y mojarse embarrarse volver a la vida🙏🙏🌎🐘🐘❤️❤️Gracias Santuario! Gracias Scott GRACIAS❤️🐘❤️
Shari saysMay 13, 2022 at 10:09 am
They are very beautiful and this is so wonderful! Thank-you Scott and Kat and everyone! There is so much love and compassion at the Global Sanctuary for Elephants!!!
Julie saysMay 13, 2022 at 10:26 am
No words to describe how beautiful this is; thank you! Also, you all probably already have this on your long list of things to do, but I just noticed Pocha and Guillermina are still listed under Elephants Waiting and not Happy Residents yet.
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 10:53 am
It’s definitely on our list – but taking care of the elephants is number one today. Thanks for the reminder!
JamesMichael saysMay 13, 2022 at 10:41 am
Bless you, Pocha & Guillermina…may you savor and enjoy life now to the best that you can – and deserve. And to all at Sanctuary, support staff, drivers – just everyone who took into their hearts the time, hard work and perseverance needed to make this happen to 2 beautiful souls – and the beautiful girls who have come before – Thank You…a million Thank Yous.
Deb saysMay 13, 2022 at 11:38 am
I am so happy there are people like you who do such wonderfully amazing things!
Thank you for giving this precious mom & her daughter a new life!
Hugs & kisses to EVERYONE 💝
Linda saysMay 13, 2022 at 11:45 am
I bet they will chase the birds once out in the yard lol. When are they expected to have access outside the barn? This is all beyond wonderful… all the time waiting then things seem to happen with lightning speed and here they are. Blessings to everyone everywhere who helped them get here and especially to Scott, Kat and all those who will continue to care for and love them. Lots of happy tears!!
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 11:53 am
The doors have been opened up for them, so it’s now totally up to Pocha and Guillermina as to when they feel comfortable stepping out. As we’ve seen, it is possible they may be hesitant, which is understandable. So it will happen on their own time. Thanks for the support!
Elizabeth saysMay 13, 2022 at 12:17 pm
I wouldn’t call those “little raspberries”, more like giant raspberries. I was glued to the live feed on Facebook yesterday and couldn’t wait to see how they were doing this morning. My heart is so happy for them and thankful for all the wonderful people that helped bring this about. I am looking forward to seeing their continued adventures.
Rachel saysMay 13, 2022 at 12:41 pm
Ditto what everyone said. I, like so many others I’m sure, checked my email and the website every so often yesterday, excited with anticipation for their safe delivery to GSE-Brazil. I finally went to sleep but checked again first thing in the morning. Elated to watch all the videos, softly touching mom and daughter via the computer screen. I’ll continue to check in regularly for the subsequent videos and posts as I can’t wait to see them explore their new world: touch, scratch, eat, play, hear and smell all the experiences they were deprived. And of course, the eventual introduction to the other eles when the time is right. What a celebration!! Deep, deep thanks to every single body involved in their rescue. Sooo grateful to be a tiny part of this wonderful nonprofit. 💝
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 12:57 pm
Thank you for the lovely words.
Zoi Flores saysMay 13, 2022 at 12:44 pm
Oops! I almost forget today it’s my Mara’s 2nd rescueversary. I’ve been stuck to the screen watching the most fabulous rescue and crying tons of happy tears. There are no enough words to say thank you to Scott and each of one of the awesome beings in the team. P&G did as a pro considering the long years in that pit, and they look so happy this morning. I’m sending right now a gift basket to my beloved Mara. Cheers!!!
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 12:57 pm
Thank you so much!
Suzanne Eaton saysMay 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm
It is heartwarming to see these beautiful girls in their new home full of excitement and wonder. Thank you to all their supporters around the world for making this happen especially Scott, Kat and team at GSE.❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘
Audrey saysMay 13, 2022 at 1:19 pm
Hello beautiful girls. You’re looking & sounding very happy today. I’m sure you will love your new home. Free from noise and everything else you endured during your time in captivity.
Be free lovely ladies, enjoy love.
Patricia saysMay 13, 2022 at 1:43 pm
I love you girls so much! I bet you are overwhelmed! Thanks to everyone at ESB! You are really smart big angels! 😘😘😘
John saysMay 13, 2022 at 2:45 pm
How amazing to be part of this journey for these two elephants. It has touched my soul.
silvia saysMay 13, 2022 at 2:49 pm
I m Silvia from Argentina.!!!!! I have accompaned these two girls to their nwe home there in Brazil, and I feel happy to see them enjoying their freedom!!!!!! thanks Thanks to everyone!!!!!
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 2:55 pm
We are happy that our supporters from Argentina have been so gracious. Thank you so much.
Katherine saysMay 13, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Wonderful ! Amazing how talkative the two girls are and how mobile they appear to be. Congratulations on your efforts.
Zoi Flores saysMay 13, 2022 at 4:35 pm
Welcome home Pocha and Guillermina, May you enjoy a happy long life in that paradise. Many blessings to Scott, Kat, and all the people involved in this rescue and move.
Katie Howard saysMay 13, 2022 at 5:35 pm
My gut has been in a knot for a week and now I just want to sleep and watch happy elephants! I bet you are all going to need two weeks for recovery – but you’ll be busy. 😁
When I heard about Ramba’s planned air rescue, I thought you were nuts. When I heard about the plan to move these two – together – on a multi-day 2,000+ mile journey, I knew you were certifiable! 😉. I am so thrilled this is the case! It takes slightly crazy people in this world to effect real change and I’m delighted that elephants are your focus.
Thank you all. Thank you so much! Looking so forward to see how each of their stories unfold and to watch the integration with the other girls at GSE! Much love. ❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘❤️
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 5:45 pm
Thanks for supporting us, even during moments when we seem a little nuts. It’s worth every second of effort when you see each elephant in true sanctuary.
C Farber saysMay 13, 2022 at 6:31 pm
I sincerely hope there is more space for them than was visible in the video?!
Sara saysMay 13, 2022 at 6:51 pm
The gate into Yard 1 has been opened for them, but so far they seem to prefer staying in the barn. That’s understandable considering what great changes they have been through.
Debbie Sides saysMay 13, 2022 at 7:23 pm
Oh my heart I cannot contain my excitement! I am bursting and so very happy for these beautiful girls! I can only imagine what they are thinking of their paradise on earth. Welcome home ladies. The other ladies are probably wanting to see the new residents. Oh so happy for them all!
Sue Montgomery saysMay 13, 2022 at 7:41 pm
I thank you all for keeping us so close to this life changing event!! How you do all that you do and keep us in the loop is amazing. Thank you for caring for the elephants like you do.
June Ross saysMay 13, 2022 at 9:54 pm
Thank you/thank you/thank you Scott and Kat and the entire team for all that you have done and that you do daily. You are amazing and even more amazing are our two new girls! What a joy to watch them sing and trumpet and all of the other sounds they made this morning. I can hardly wait to see them step out into Yard 1.They must be so overwhelmed with joy…as we all are! Thank you again for bringing these two home!
Janine Proctor saysMay 14, 2022 at 4:27 am
Absolutely beautiful to see the mummy and daughter together, tears of joy! The team have been amazing making that happen and thanks from the bottom of everyone’s hearts for this team, working so hard to achieve changing theses magnificent elephants lives❤️
JoAnn Merriman-Eaton saysMay 14, 2022 at 6:56 pm
Heartfelt thank you to the entire GSE team. Even though we know it takes hundreds to make this amazing event possible, it would not be probable without Scott and Kat It is a priviledge to watch this dedication and rescue. I cannot wait to watch them adjust to their freedom, and their new sisters.
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