Message from the elephant sanctuary in Thailand...
I have not written for a while because we were very busy with our sick elephant. This year was not a good year with our old elephants, many of them are aging and not feeling well.
We just lost one of our elephants who we rescued from logging. She injured her pad since she worked at the logging place. We treated her. It was up and down and we have so many vet teams that come to help.
She spent almost 5 years with us when she decided to lay down. We tried to lift her up but finally she pass away with sadness. She is the most gentle elephant name Mae Kham Geaw and now she has left her old friend lonely behind her. We also worry about her elephant friend because she show signs of stress and sadness after her friend pass away.
I also would like to up date to you about the medical center , where the technical medical treatments are done for the elephants. We completed one medical center and are working on a second one soon.
The new project also will start on the other side of the river next month, with the new land. After I spent time to search the land and bought one small piece at a time. Now we have quite a nice bit of the land for the retirement home for our old lady elephants on the other side of the river.
We will start to build the fence and the shelter for them. The elephants will roam free 24 hours.
This place will be the place that the old grandmother elephants will spend the rest of their life as their home . We will let them stay peaceful and get less disturbed from people. Our plan is that we still have the mahout but they stay a bit far from them and just only keep eyes to watch over and see their movement.
Oh about the dog sanctuary , we have over 300 now and trying to get people to adopt as much as we can.
We also never expected that we will have to rescue dog, but it seems necessary today after I have known more about the dog meat trade in Thailand. It makes me upset to see this beautiful animal get abused by man.
Yesterday, my staff contact me that the Thai Navy camp poison 300 dogs at their camp. They found puppies. Their mothers' all dead. All together 17 of them stay around the area dying. So finally these 17 puppies end up at our place last night.
I don't know what to do and I can't turn my back to them .