Rana, Bambi, and Mara Walk to Breakfast

It’s breakfast time and Rana, Bambi, and Mara are on their way to eat together, with Rana in front, Bambi on the right, and Mara behind. Guillermina was headed to join them – and you can see Mara smell in Guille’s direction as they walk. Guille, who is both fast and relatively impatient when it comes to food, had been headed to the barn to ask for her food when the 4-wheeler passed by to bring food out to everyone in the habitat. She made a speedy return to her friends when she realized her meal had just passed by. After breakfast, Maia joined the four for a relaxed snack of hay and produce.


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    jen says

    I love getting to see close ups of the ladies! But am I seeing things or does Mara seem to be covered in pea sized lumps all over her face and head? What is going on there?

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      Kat Blais says

      it’s mud 😂

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    Pam says

    What a splendid way to start the day. These videos bring peace to the heart and soul. Thank you.

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    Julie says

    Lovely video showing the close relationship of the Power puff girls! Jen, I was a little stunned too by the close-up of what I now know is mud (thank you, Kat). I know all the ladies have great skin after about a year of good living at sanctuary.

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    John says

    Looks like a hungry bunch, in my opinion.

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    Wim says

    Wonderful seeing them side by side. Everything looking very peacefully.

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Que hermosa reunion de chicas hambrientas y muy bien Guille que es la nena mas veloz aun mas que Maia y Bambi que ocupaban el segundo y primer puesto👌😘🐘Vamos Guilli🐎🐎🐎👋

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    Unhappy observer says

    You elephants are very very skinny look under fed and look malnutrition. Elephants in the wild at this age are not this skinny. If you can’t afford to fed what you have then stop bring in more and stop spending money on more fences and spend the money on more food. Elephants that have been fed by people all their life don’t go out into the fields and fed themselves all these years that I’ve been watching your elephants I have never seen them pick any vegetations themselves and eat it only the food you give to them. Also I’m sick of you censoring your emails and posting the ones you want which are only the ones that are positive. You’re afraid to show what people are really thinking. If you really want to help theses elephants then feed them. You put a lot of work and effort on the care of their feet and but you don’t feed them near enough. You forced Pocha on such a diet and she lost to much weight her body couldn’t handle it. Shame on you!

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      Kat Blais says

      we don’t censor anything, we have no problem answering doubts or showing those who are against sanctuary don’t have any actual understanding of elephants or any facts to substantiate what they say when they’re just trying to be insulting. it just so happens that most people who follow GSE appreciate the life we offer to elephants, the transparency of our organization, and how much we share with the public. for your education- elephants in the wild over 50 years old generally are much skinnier than the elephants at SEB, so clearly you are just making accusatory statements instead of doing research or basing your statements on facts, unless you’re looking at African elephants, who have an entirely different body shape, since they are a different species. as we’ve posted previously, many elephants in captivity are obese, and you can read the research study that had over 200 zoos in the US participate in, that supports this finding with ultrasound of fat layers and body condition scoring. so what you may claim is ‘normal’ weight is not- unless you’re just trying to be disrespectful. and to say of ‘all of these years’ that you’ve been watching our elephants, you have never seen them pick any vegetation, is also going to either show you don’t watch videos or you are selectively choosing what you watch. the girls are already grazing from the new grass now that the rains have begun. most of them prefer fresh grass over the hay. to say that elephants who have been fed by people don’t feed themselves is absurd and shows a level of ignorance that is incomprehensible. zoos in south America feed them fresh grass that has been cut. do you believe elephants are so stupid that they can’t figure out that the same grass they are fed, they can pick for themselves? what happened to our understanding of how intelligent elephants are? and if you are ‘sick’ of anything we do, simply go away. there’s no reason to follow us if you’re so unhappy, unless your only purpose is to say so. we don’t mind questions or genuine concerns, part of our responsibility is to educate the public on the reality of captive elephants and the species in general. but there’s a difference between having questions/wanting clarity and just wanting to be insulting without any facts behind your argument. and since you clearly created an email just to send this message, it’s pretty obvious where you fall. and we will check back for your apology after Pocha’s necropsy results are released and showed what caused her death.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Yes, what Pam said!

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    Bonnie says

    Good news I was laughing just picturing in my head Guille running to catch up to them so funny kids will be kids really happy to hear things are coming along slowly

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    John says

    So even an amazing place like GSE get trolls who comment on their posts. Jeesh. Just shaking my head.

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    Deanna says

    We stand by every single word you’ve written Kat ! Ignorance and malice has no place in Sanctuary. How dare he . Brava Kat ¡! ✊🏼🐘

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    Deanna says

    Good to see you up close and glorious sweet girls ! 🫶❤️🥰🐘🐘🐘🐘🌍Viva SEB/ GSE 🙌🏼🌍

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    Patricia says

    Those girls are beautiful! I love their voices. I love the close-ups. I am really sorry about “unhappy observer” and the bizarre and uninformed things they said! I have found that there are weirdos in all walks of animal activism and rescue, and I have to chalk it up to how AWFUL humans want to be so much of the time. Love you all down there, but ya know, I love these girls the most. xoxoxoxoxo

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    Alice says

    Wonderful response, Kat, to the “Unhappy Observer”. I don’t know why such a person even bothers to follow GSE. I’m sure you know that most of us support you 100%.

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      Kat Blais says

      yes, thank you ❤️

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    Luis says

    Que preciosas están, son adorables y se ve que ahí al fin son felices, después de una vida llena de sufrimiento. Que bueno saber que hay gente que se preocupan por estos nobles animalitos y los cuidan. Y que triste saber también que hay gente tan despreciable que solo crean emails para atacar y lanzar acusaciones falsas y sin fundamento alguno contra esta organización y su noble labor. Felicitaciones amigos y sigan así alegrando los corazones de esas tres hermosas chicas.

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    Tammy says

    Our girls look fabulous their skin is beautiful they have plenty to eat and it’s good nutritious foods for their health! Obese elephants just like humans create a whole set of other health problems which are not good! There are sadly so many elephants suffering horribly around the world in captivity in circuses, zoos, county fairs, countries that work them hard for rides etc. so may I suggest unhappy observer put energy into helping them instead of attacking an accredited stand up organization like Elephant Sanctuary Brazil their caregivers and every one of us who are part of this amazing loving family who adore everything about ESB 🙏🐘💞

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