Elephant's Move Towards Woman "Falling" In River Goes Viral
Marilyn Caylor 3/22/2018
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand touts itself as an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center where visitors can interact with one of mother nature's most beautiful creatures. But, what they don't mention in the travel brochure is what the animals do to their caretakers once all the tourists go home.
In the opening scene of this video, the sanctuary's founder Lek Chailert is standing in a shallow river next an adorable elephant named Faa Mai. The woman is washing away all the mud she got soaked in after playing with the rowdy youngster, but when she tries to walk away the cheeky elephant takes her "hostage" and refuses to let her leave!
Lek says that the adorable baby elephant has grown up fast, and has learned to demonstrate care and respect for others. However, a kid is still a kid, and this 9-year-old is just as wildly rambunctious as her human counterparts!
After Faa Mai spied Lek out of the corner of her eye, she walked over to her human mama with a trunk full of mud and gave her a big wet cuddly hug! When Lek went to the river to wash it all off, the curious elephant followed her to see what new game they were going to play.
On her Facebook page Lek explained how the cheeky elephant tot managed to "corner" her in the wide open spaces of the elephant park:
"She continuously checked to make sure that I was safe, touching me with her trunk. The more that she touched me, the more that I was dappled with dirt. She then shuffled me away from the river as is the way of a mother toward her calf. Sometimes I wonder what Faa Mai is thinking, acting always so caring and protective as if she were my mama!"
This adorable girl is full of love for her favorite person, and it's obvious she'll do anything to protect Lek - even if that means not letting her out of her sight! Check out this cute video to see the amazing bond between these two friends unfold. Awww, what a precious moment!
Watch this video to see Faa Mai protect Lek from the "dangerous" river.