The majestic beauty of Asian elephants is genuinely awe-inspiring. This, combined with human beings’ compassion, creates a heartwarming tale that will surely capture the hearts of animal lovers from every corner of the world.
Recently, a video clip of three elephants, ThongAe, FaaMai, and Jenny, playing with their favorite human, Saengduean Chailert, or Lek, has been making rounds on the internet. It’s not hard to see why. Lek, an award-winning conservationist, established an elephant sanctuary in the Mae Taeng valley near Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
Today, the sanctuary is home to over 100 elephants, each allowed to live a more natural life without being forced to work, perform tricks, or be ridden. In the video, Lek asks the elephants to climb a pile of debris from flooding in the park.
ThongAe, FaaMai, and Jenny happily follow her lead, showing a trust and bond that has developed over time. As Lek climbs up and down the pile of debris, she plays with the elephants, giving them the love and affection they deserve.
After Lek leaves the elephants to attend to other matters, they stand still for a while. Finally, as she slips away from the opposite side of the debris pile, the elephants produce a little trumpet sound as if calling out to her. Then they appear to panic, all looking in her direction.
The ease with which these giants climb the debris pile in mere seconds is awe-inspiring. The elephants regard Lek as part of their family and strive to safeguard her. It is a remarkable sight to see these majestic creatures following a human like an innocent pup.
The elephants at the sanctuary are not the only animals Lek has rescued. She has also saved over 700 dogs, 1600 cats, 130 cows, 100 buffalos, and many other species of animals. Her love for animals is evident in how Lek interacts with them and the trust and love they show toward her in return.