Elephant Nature Park
Elephant mother and calf rescued
On 03 January 06 the park received the request for help from the owner of an elephant mother and baby. The mother elephant is named Thongkam and is age about 35 year old . The owner of the elephant signed a contact with a tourist elephant camp to put her to work carrying tourists on her back. No one knew Thong Kam was pregnant. She worked with no time off and was so skinny.
On the 31 December 2005 she gave birth in the bush behind the camp. The mahout saw the baby with the mother in the morning, but baby is under weigh and so tiny. His weight was 50 Kilograms about half weight of the normal new born baby. The baby can not walk. Both back legs are too weak and he can not stand up. The mother was not producing enough milk, because of her bad condition.
The Karen owner came to the Elephant Nature Park to ask for help , but it take many days to rescue because the owner had a contract in place with the
elephant camp and they still wanted the mother to work. Finally on the 4 January 06, Elephant Nature Park asked the owner to decide and we provided transport to pick up the baby and the mother to take them to the park .
We provided enough food for the mother, bring them to the shelter of the older elephants. We have not enough shelter but and we had to squeeze them in. The group includes Thong Jan and Mae Buathong.
At the park we have trying to help the baby and lift him up to take a milk from his mother. Today the baby can stand up for a short time and then goes back to sleep. We will do the best to keep both mother and baby and let them heal. Updates and more news soon.
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||Thong Kam and baby at Elephant