Pocha and Her Watermelon

Elephants seem to get great enjoyment from eating a watermelon – and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as listening to and watching them eat one. Because the girls tend to like the fruit so much, we often use it when doing basic check-ups, training, and medical treatments. 

A few days ago, everyone but Pocha had walked away after eating, to go graze and find other goodies in the habitat.. She so rarely is close to the fence  all by herself, so the team rolled a whole watermelon her way. She was so pleased by this surprise that she hurriedly tucked the watermelon into her trunk and walked away with it, before another elephant came by. Pocha was determined to savor the whole thing without sharing, which she did, to her great delight.


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    Pam says

    It’s great to see Pocha making independent decisions, knowing what she wants, and taking care of herself! Seems like a significant development … is there growing evidence of a shift in her self-awareness and self-care?

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      Sara says

      Slowly but surely

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    CAROL says

    Spunky girl…she’s comical.

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    Katherine says

    This is so lovely

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    Carey says

    She’s relishing it isn’t she, able to eek it out in to little mouthfuls. How lovely, well done for quick thinking to treat her! They seem to enjoy all of it equally skin and inside? Lovely sunset 🙂

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      Sara says

      They enjoy every morsel!

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    Benita Auge says

    I’m so happy for these elephants!!

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    Julie says

    Oh, my dearest Pocha, you certainly do deserve that watermelon! And what a lovely minute and 59 seconds of my day while I watched this beautiful video.

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    Tammy says

    It’s such a heartwarming thing to see how much the ladies truly enjoy these goodies! I’m so happy they are at the Sanctuary safe from harm and well cared for after all those years in that pit of tunnels I can’t imagine them getting many yummy treats like this unless when Scott and crew came to visit them so live it up girls there’s plenty more where that came from! 😘 🐘

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    Rachel says

    Lovely!! 💕

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    Beji says

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I just love these girls ❤

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    Wim says

    Wonderful she’s tasting double freedom.

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    Debbie Sides says

    So happy she gets to enjoy life in her beautiful home and gets to relax with the help of the other girls tending to Guille sometimes. A far cry from tge concerete pit. She’s an amazing mum.

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