Elephant Of The Week : Jokia
Jokia’s rescue anniversary. Jokia was born around 1960 and her name means ‘Eye From Heaven’. ENP rescued Jokia in August 1999 from illegal logging and excessive abuse. She suffered a miscarriage while pulling a log uphill, and was not allowed to stop working to check if her calf was dead or alive. This event caused Jokia extreme physical and emotional trauma, and she refused to go back to work. As a result, she was deliberately blinded in both eyes on two separate occasions by two different mahout/owners. Despite her blindness, she moves confidently with the help of her best friend, Mae Perm. Jokia and Mae Perm have been best friends since 1999. They have the longest friendship in the ENP. Unfortunately, Mae Perm passed away this year and brought a lot of sadness to Jokia. She walked around the park to find her best friend and refused to have food or water for a few days. During that hard time we followed her every where she move to be ensure for her safety. Luckily, Navann brought the attention to Jokia and spent times with her. When Mae Perm still alive, both of them used to hang out with Sri Prae and Navann’s family. So, no longer after that Jokia accepted to be the nanny of Navann. Jokia also get along well with Sri Prae as both of them walk slowly cause from their handicap.
As we all know that she faced a lot of sadness, she lost her baby, she lost her best friend but she never let the painful of her past stop her life. She keep the life going on with strong spirit and happiness.