Mae Kham Sai was so hungry that she ate all the food provided
instantly. She was washed and her wounds treated. She stayed for a few
days before being hospitalized. The infection showing itself with
caked-on puss and scabs had first started in her feet from cracked
nails. With no prompt treatment, it spread to her entire body,
internally and externally. She was in desperate shape when she finally
received medical care.
Once healed, her owners took her back to a life of trekking. Not
willing to give up on her, Lek followed her movements, hoping for an
option to buy her in the future. A year later Mae Kham Sai once again
came to Elephant Nature Park, but this time to stay forever. The
Elephant Umbrella Fund of USA provided the funds for her rescue.
No longer purple, Mae Kham Sai can be identified by her blindness in
one eye from a crop-raiding incident. She got loose from her chain one
night and wandered into a farmer’s field. Her mahout found her the next
morning with a bloody eye socket. This mature female does not have a
social group, an indication that she has not yet fully recovered
psychologically. Decades of abuse have left their mark on Kham Sai’s
body, yet her deepest scars remain unseen. Park staff are hopeful that a
friendship will develop between her and other herd members where some
progress has been seen. Meanwhile she will be nurtured with love and
care at the Elephant Nature Park. She will never be hungry, her body is
healed, and time will be given for her spirit to recover.