Music knows no bounds, and a recent incident involving an elephant at a Thai sanctuary is a perfect testament to this claim.
Lek Chailert, the founder of the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, had an unexpected interruption during a meeting with visitors. This delightful disturbance’s source was Faa Mai, a 9-year-old resident elephant at the sanctuary.
Despite Chailert’s preoccupations, Faa Mai, in her playful mood, nudged her friend into the vast field, persistent with her trunk nudges and wraps, indicating something peculiar. Puzzled by this unusual behavior, Chailert decided to follow Faa Mai.
It didn’t take long for Faa Mai to lead Chailert to the object of her affection, Thong Ae, a recent rescue, and a young elephant calf.
Faa Mai’s fondness for the young one was apparent. “She has taken it upon herself to care for the little one,” Chailert commented.
That’s when it dawned on Chailert: Faa Mai wanted a lullaby. Remembering the old times when she’d sing Faa Mai to sleep, Chailert said, “She wished for me to sing a lullaby to her little friend. She loves it when I sing to her.”
So, she sat, under the vast sky, with two elephants and sang. The pair listened intently, their trunks entwined. As expected, young Thong Ae began to feel drowsy. She allowed Chailert to pat her back and stretch out beneath a tree.
This beautiful interaction reaffirmed Chailert’s belief in the tenderness and thoughtfulness of elephants.
She expressed immense pride in Faa Mai, saying, “It’s breathtaking to witness such kindness in my little girl. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
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