While Lek Chailert, the founder of Elephant Nature Park, was attending some visitors earlier this week, she didn’t know that she would be intruded by one of her elephants, Faa Mai. It sure did happen when the 9-year-old elephant wanted to take her somewhere.
Without caring for the fact that her friend was busy, Faa Mai started leading her somewhere by playfully pushing her, tapping her with her trunk and even wrapping it around Chailert in case she tried to stop her. This unusual behaviour made Chailert curious.
“I wondered what it was that she really wanted,” she said.
Chailert’s curiosity fed after a short walk where she saw Thong Ae ahead, who was a newly rescued calf and had become a very close friend of Fai Maa. “She wants to adopt [her] as her own,” Chailert explained.
She knew now what Fai Maa was seeking for—a lullaby. “Faa Mai wanted me to lullaby her little friend, as she is so fond when I sing a lullaby to her,” Chailert said.
The two elephants held each other’s trunks and listened to Chailert’s song while she settled on the grass under them and sang.
The lullaby was so soothing, young Thong Ae naturally started lazing and leaned down to have Chailert rub her back as she lay underneath a tree.
Chailert had never experienced anything as moving as that, and it reminded her of how the elephants can be very considerate and courteous.
“It’s so beautiful to see my little girl who has such a heart of care,” Chailert said about Faa Mai. “I am so proud of this girl.”
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