|Lek met Jokia during a 'jumbo express' visit. Tears fell from
Jokia's eyes as she walked towards her. Lek left that day with a
great pain in her heart, and she couldn't stop thinking about Jokia.
She returned several times offering to buy her, but the price was
always set at far too high a price. Lek could not afford to buy her
but was still determined to free her. Lek prayed and prayed for an
angel to come and save Jokia, and a few months later, her prayers
were answered. Amanda de Normanville and her friends in America
helped to bring Jokia a new life.
The journey from the logging site to the Elephant Nature Park
would normally have taken about 4 hours in the truck, but this time
it took over 8 hours. They had to stop the truck every 10-15 minutes
to try and calm poor Jokia down. She was so distressed by the
uncomfortable journey, compounded by her blindness, that she nearly
destroyed the truck, kicking hard and butting her head against the
sides. We had to walk with her the last 3 kilometres to the park.
She didn't enjoy the journey but is delighted with
her new freedom at the haven!