Mae Bia finds a home for life - Oct 05
Mae Bia was a grand old lady and, according to her registration papers, was 85 years old. Her long life reflected that of many other elephants. She had been hauling logs as a youngster then, some 15 years ago, was moved into the trekking business. An elephant's life span is similar to our own and, at 70 years old, she should have been happily retired and enjoying her twilight years.
Last July we had a call from her owner who though her too old to carry tourists on her weary back. They wanted to sell her as she had outlived her usefulness to them. We visited her and found that she was in reasonable condition for her age. We did not have the funds available to take her at this stage and we needed time to raise the money for her release. We visited her regularly as we waited to rescue her. This months visit showed her health rapidly declining and she was thin and gaunt. Around her head were many wounds and cuts and her ears were badly infected.
At the park we try out new nutrition for all our golden age elephants. They seem to enjoy our new recipe.
Thanks again for Mr and Mrs Medlar who have given new lease of life for Mae Bia in her retirement years. You have made one old lady very happy.Home > Elephant News > Mae Bia Elephant Rescue