Dear Elephant friends, Sad, but expected news to share with you. Dani has given up…
Pai Lin (Sapphire) is an 45 years old elephant who was recently rescued together with lady Kai Mook from a trekking camp in Kanchanaburi. The two ladies arrived ENP on 2nd June 2021. After they arrived, we put them into the quarantine area but Pai Lin seems carry deeper trauma. She was anxious and fearful of everything around her. She accepts her new mahout, but she did not comfortable with other elephants even Kai Mook who used to live at the same place before.
We put Pai Lin in the chain free shelter next to Jokia and we have seen that Pai Lin tried to reach her trunk to Jokia. This is the good sign to show that she’s interested to be friend with Jokia. It’s lovely to see Jokia and Pai Lin talk to each other. We let them walk together to the field accompanying with baby Thong Ae who loves to spend time with Jokia. Three of them get along well to each other. Pai Lin is more relaxed and calm. We provide her the special food made from steam rice mixed with chopped grass, bananas and some vitamins because our vet found that she doesn’t have teeth and there are many lumps inside her mouth as she use her gum trying to chew some hard plants. Thong Ae also loves this special food, Pai Lin is so kind to share her food with the baby. But we have to provide Jokia some bananas while Thong Ae and Pai Lin enjoy food because we don’t want to feed Jokia to be overweight. We are very happy to see Pai Lin form the relationship with another elephants.
Sadly, Sri Prae doesn’t want to join the group. She spend most of the time at the river bank alone. She came to visit Jokia but she’s not appreciate when Pai Lin try to get close to her. She made a low rumble as a warning sign that she doesn’t want Pai Lin to interact with her and then she walked away. On November 2020, the accident happened with Jokia and Sri Prae because there was a man flew the drone above our park and made our elephants really frightened. Especially, our blind elephant like Jokia, she was very terrified because of the sound of the drone. The poor blind elephant who is totally blind and cannot see anything was really scared, she ran away then she hit the fence. Sri Prae who is her best friend and always guide Jokia everywhere tried to comfort her friend but Jokia was freaked out, she crashed with Sri Prae accidentally. Since that time Sri Prae and Jokia seems paranoid each other. They do not stay together like they do before but Sri Prae still worry about her blind friend, she visit Jokia sometime during the day and then walk away to spend most of the time at river bank. We are following to observe their behavior and see that Jokia and Sri Prae still have a good relationship. Only time will heal their pain, we hope they can go through this difficult time soon. One day we may see Jokia, Sri Prae and Pai Lin join together as a beautiful family. We never stop hoping and doing our best to bring them happiness.
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