Both Guillermina and Pocha have been developing a friendship with Maia that is charming and, for the most part, relaxed. A few days ago, the three ladies were sharing the yards near the barn and had access to Yard 4. Sometimes all three of them would stand together, and other times Pocha would wander off into a neighboring yard, leaving Guille and Maia together alone.
We have seen Pocha do this a few times, walking off – sometimes quite far away – to let Guillermina have time with others and, perhaps, to appreciate a few moments on her own for the first time in 24 years. Guille is still trying to find out what it means for her to be with elephants other than her mother and, as we know, she still has a lot to learn about elephant social behavior. She’s certainly going to test boundaries as time goes on, and sharing space with other elephants is a way to learn about the complicated dynamics of living in a herd.
Photo of Guillermina followed by Maia