Elephant Nature Park
The rescue of Medo
Park Rescue Number 31 - Story Jul 06 - By Lek Chailert
|Late April 2006 during our Jumbo Express trip along Burma
border , we found a female elephant working She was employed to
carry logs along by the Burma border. This female elephant is
named Medo. She is one of the hundreds who continue to work
hauling logs in the jungle. She shares a terrible destiny with
many others including an elephant named Giant. Poor working
conditions caused serious health issues with Medo.
She was born in 1976 at a Karen tribal village. After
training (at 6 years old) the owner traded her for a bull
elephant. The new owner trained her to prepare for logging work
and she started work at aged 8 years old.
When she was 12 years old during logging she has the accident
with a heavy log that broke her rear left ankle. The logging
camp company canceled the contract with her owner because of her
injuries. She was rested for one year, but her leg was never the
same and she had become lame. The owner tried to take her for
logging work from many camps but no one wanted her. Finally he
had an idea.
Medo's damaged back.. more pics
Realizing that Medo can no longer work for him, he thought
she could still make a baby for him. He chained her four
legs to the tree and put a bull in full *musth by her as a
breeding partner. The crazed bull elephant tried to kill her and
he pushed his huge tusks into her side and forced her to the
ground. She screaming for help, but no-one would come closed to
the bull Medo lay down to the ground bleeding and crying in
agony. She tried to stand up over and over again before
collapsing. A cursory examination later found that Medo's back
bone has become dislocated.
She was sick with the sustained injuries for many years but
still had a strong will to survive. She pulled through but
became handicaped. No one will excpected her back at logging
camps again. No one want to see her around their business
because this day she was so shabby looking and they thought it
would make their business look bad if they have her around.
The owner separated Medo from her herd but still forced her
to work to pulling logs at a village .She stay working alone for
15 years old and had no contact with other elephants during this
We first saw Medo found in February and we couldn't believe
that they still used her to work. But, when we looked into her
eyes, we found that she is willing to live.
The park wrote to many friend and supporters. Immediately
Serengeti Foundation USA got back to us and, working with
Connie Speight of Elephant Umbrella Fund gave us the
urgent help we needed in order to rescue her. It took many
long hours and a tiresome journey for her to reach the park. We
could now give her a home where she could rest and enjoy the
company of other elephants. The first contact for over 15 years
She received a warm welcome from the herd and quickly became
a member of Mae Thor Kor's family . She become a buddy of Malai
thong (the tripod elephant who has one leg injured from
Today she has a new family and the end of a loneliness and
isolation for more than 15 years.
Medo is under the care of Monkol our Karen Mahout and Lisa
the girl mahout from UK.
Thanks Bert, Connie and all our supporter who provide the necessary
generous help to rescue her. Thanks for giving Medo a new life.
The rescue is dedicated to Matthew DuBois, the beloved
son of Marion and Tom DuBios who died, aged 35 in the year 2000.
More pictures of Medo's rescue
*musth - a condition that bull elephants periodically suffer
from. During this time they become erratic and can kill anything
close to them. This includes previous elephant friends and