Originally from Mae Sariang in Mae Hong Son she was sold and
registered in the Loei province. She worked in Cha Am, Krabi and
Phi Phi giving rides on the beach. While working doing rubber
tree logging in Pang Ngaa province in south Thailand, she lost
her sight in a mysterious, unexplained accident. Mae Loei was
then moved up to the Issan province in the northeast where she
worked street begging and eventually she ended up in Surin where
Lek first heard about her.
After being contacted by a monk who
was concerned about how this elephant was being treated, Lek
sent an Elephant Nature Park team with Park vet on a Jumbo
Express road trip to Surin, to go rescue her from her life of
street begging and abuse. Upon arrival to the Park, she was
offered food, of which she ate a little, then curiosity and her
sense of smell got the better of her and she wished to explore.
She has not bonded with anyone as of yet, but she is gaining
confidence in her new surroundings everyday, and in being in the
company of so many other elephants. It is wonderful to watch her
progress as she moves more confidently through the Park and
becomes more comfortable with the idea of making friends. Mae
Lanna is a long-legged beauty who will surely capture the
interest of our resident males as she settles in.