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Story update - Medo settling in

Aug 06 - By Lek Chailert

Medo has been at the park since July 2006 and the young female elephant took a time to find her feet and adjust herself to her new home. Medo was familiar with loneliness for more than ten years and she will often walk away from the herd and long periods alone by the river. Some times she lets herself float and sleep in the river for many hours.

She is now fully accepted by all the elephant groups at the park. She is friendly to all but still reserved and a little shy. Medo spends most her time strolling across the park visitign herd families but has not yet decided which one to join.

 

Medo enjoying a solitary mudbath 
Medo enjoying a solitary mudbath

Companionship and healing for Mae Mai and Medo

When Thong Bai became sick Medo tried to help by offering whatever comfort she could give. She would often visit Mae Mai and Thong Bai at their shelter. When Thong Bai passed away Mae Mai became very unhappy and would search the area for her, moaning as she went. She would comfort Mae Mai by murmuring and touching her with her trunk. She really wanted to get close to Mae Mai and to offer friendship in the hope that it would, somehow, replace some of the love lost after Thong Baiís death. It took Mae Mai three days to accept her as a close friend.

Today Medo Mae Mai and Medo stay together all day long. They have become very close and are helping each other heal. This pair are the latest sub-group to form at our park.

Medoís rescue was possible by kind assistance from Serengeti Foundation USA with Connie Speight of Elephant Umbrella Fund

Reaching Out
Reaching Out

 

Medo with her new friend
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Medo's rescue
Story update - Thong Bai


Friends and with the herd


 

Medo with the herd
Medo with the herd

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