Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, has just welcomed an orphaned baby elephant named Dok Geaw.
Dok Geaw is only one year and nine months old, orphaned when he was only 4 months old. His mother is sadly stuck in the logging industry, used by humans for hard labor.
When she gave birth to baby Dok Geaw, she had complications and a prolapsed uterus. But they continued to use her for work after that. They eventually took her to the Elephant Hospital of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, but her infection got worse, and she sadly passed away.
This left Dok Geaw motherless and without nursing. He was later saved by Khun Kanjana Silpa-archa and stayed at the Elephant Conservation Center, where he received the best care.
As he got older, he was finally ready to move on to a new adventure. That’s when he was taken to Elephant Nature Park, where he was able to join a herd of elephants. When he arrived, all the elephants ran up to him to greet him. You can tell they were happy to have a new elephant join their herd.
Little Dok Geaw has come a long way, and I can’t imagine how difficult it was. Especially without a mother. But thankfully, he fell into the right hands and received the best care and tons of love.
Now, he will live out the rest of his life on a wonderful reserve where he will never have to worry about being put in the logging industry. What’s also important is that now he will always have his elephant friends by his side!
Watch his journey in the video below: