Sunday Smile: Guillermina’s Butterfly

Guillermina and the palmsToday’s Sunday Smile is a story that comes to us courtesy of caregivers who were recently working with Bambi and Guillermina. Bambi was snacking on some hay while Guille was having her footwork done and, all of a sudden, an orange butterfly appeared and landed on Guille’s nose. She would gently try to chase it away with her trunk, but it would then return and land on her leg or foot. It wasn’t bothering Guillermina, but she did seem amused by the butterfly, and was gently playful. While we didn’t stop the treatment to get a photo, we hope you will enjoy this picture of Guillermina enjoying some palm leaves in its stead.


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    Sheila says

    Ahhh bigGuillie, ur sure getting along well it seems with other ladies. U love human attention too. We all.miss ur Mumma Poacha and I’m sure u do as well u seem to be doing very well and i hope the Cave is a long list memory
    I see u still have that Fuzzy head and I’m so happy u are having good times with the ladies. Love u big Guillie💝

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    Lili says

    Qué feliz se te ve Guille!! Cuánto aprendizaje en ese hogar maravilloso. Abrazo a la distancia desde Mendoza.

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    What a sweet story!

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    VSteve says

    If I were a butterfly…
    Your Elephant Sanctuary is the place I’d fly.
    I’d flap my little wings and flit about all day.
    From tree to tallest grass, I’d bounce my way.
    And when the elephants come to play.
    I’d dash and sway and dance about their noses.

    And the next day I’d float and soar.
    Visiting all your neighbors next door.
    And finally, when my flying day is done.
    And I am finished having such great fun.
    I’ll float and flutter back through space.
    Your elephant garden still my favorite place. ♡

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    Gayle Janzen says

    I think it was Pocha coming to visit her baby girl.

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    Terry says

    She brings all kinds of beautiful to her!!! A beautiful sign of transformation for Guille!!!

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    Carmen says

    Adoro a cabeleira da Guille!!!

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    Susy says

    Hermosa Guille..tan tierna y fuerte al mismo tiempo. Seguramente las experiencias que, lamentablemente, viviste en encierro te han ayudado a seguir adelante y aprovechar al máximo las oportunidades que tienes en Santuario Siempre se extraña a Pocha..quien dice que era esa dulce mariposa que vino a darte un beso. Te quiero Guille

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    Carey says

    She looks sooo healthy, and those perfect feet and nails. BRAVO to everyone

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Alguien dijo ya que la mariposa ería mama Pocha visitandote…hermosa su presencia Pocha siempre está en el Santuario junto a vos Guille querida y se pone feliz de verte rodeada de amor y cuidados junto a Bambi y Maia y también junto a Mara y Rana! Ya ni te acordas del pozo de piedra donde naciste y viviste 20 años,por suerte mamà Pocha te cuidó tan bien y te acompañó hasta dejarte en las mejores manos y el mejor lugar,en el GSE,Brasil.

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