After being separated for over three years by the tourism industry, a mother elephant and her daughter had an emotional reunion at the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation center in Tʜᴀɪʟᴀɴᴅ. The breathtaking occurrence was caught on camera, and it showed how emotionally connected elephants were to one another.
Me-Bai, a young elephant, was cuddling her mother, Mae Yui, as the duo excitedly flapped their ears and caressed each other with their trunks in the Elephant Nature Park refuge in the north of the country, after a 100 km journey through the Thai forest.
Me-Bai, who was three and a half years old when she was sold to offer rides for tourists in Tʜᴀɪʟᴀɴᴅ and didn’t see her mother who also worked in the trade for three years. It is especially tragic because females frequently remain in herds until they pass away, forming extraordinarily ᴄʟᴏsᴇ ties. Before the calf is five years old, they are hardly ever divided.
According to Elephant News, the baby elephant quit the tourism industry because she was too young and started to lose weight and could not carry the passengers any longer. Me-Bai was recently saved and brought to the refuge after a strenuous 100 km walk over four days in the scorching sun.
When Me-Bai initially arrived at the refuge, she was nervous and apprehensive of people, but she soon realized that her new caregivers had no desire to mistreat her in any manner. The owners of the local tourist business agreed to retire Me Bai’s mother when discovering that she worked there, allowing her to join her children at the sanctuary.
Photographs were taken of the poignant reunion of the two elephants. The elephants cuddled and flapped their ears, evidently in ecstasy, after spending an uncertain thirty minutes together during which the keepers suspected they might be anxious about being split up once more. The pair then happily ate and strolled together.