Thanks to an organization that chose to intervene and save him and his mother, the life of a small elephant was drastically transformed. Fortunately, many stories of rescued animals have a happy ending because to the hard efforts of activists and groups who fight for the welfare of many endangered animals.
This is the story of Chaba, a young elephant from Chiang Mai, Thailand, who lives in Elephant Nature Park with his mother, BunMa.
The Save Elephant Foundation rescued the two elephants. The Foundation’s director of initiatives, Ry Emerson, had this to say about it:
“When our team learned of Chaba’s and BunMa’s condition, we went to the camp to see what we could do to assist them.”
The mother and calf were confined to a tiny pen with little space for them or any other animal. According to local media, the camp’s owner was having financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19.
As a result, he decided to sell several elephants and use the proceeds to feed the people who remained with him.
Chaba, as a child, allowed him to accompany his mother, whereas BunMa, as a first-time mother, was forced to stay with her infant. Her mother is 16 years old and has performed in a variety of performances for a long time: she rides a bicycle, paints pictures, and does circus skills as part of her daily routine to entertain visitors.
If the Save Elephant Foundation had not intervened, Chaba’s destiny would have been the same.
Fortunately, both elephants were rescued, and they now have a new existence free of the shackles and the anxieties that come with performing in front of an audience.
The rescuers intended to take them in an Elephant Nature Park (ENP) vehicle, but BunMa refused to board because she was afraid she would be separated from her calf.
“We concluded that walking to our refuge would be safer for them.” “They arrived to ENP after two hours of walking and were greeted with an elephant cake,” Emmerson added.
Little Chaba got his first bath after finishing his cake. He was so thrilled to be able to play in the water that just looking at his small eyes confirmed how happy he was in his new existence.
“Chaba is a genuine water baby!” says the narrator. She enjoys splashing in the water and then going back to her mother to settle down. She now enjoys playing with her ball in the water while her mother eats lovely fruit,” Emmerson added.
Little Chaba is loving his newfound independence, and he especially enjoys playing in the water and rolling about in mud puddles. He has learnt to mingle with other elephants and search for food alongside his mother. With each passing day, he gains a bit more independence, but not at the expense of his favorite pastime: bathing.
“He enjoys splashing about in the water.” Mom takes a break from playing and takes a breather. Emmerson continued, “She is gaining confidence and learning a lot.”