In Thailand, a young elephant named Me-Bai was kidnapped and taken from her mother at just three years old. She was forced to give rides to tourists. After three and a half years of hard labor, she was too weak to continue and became underweight and depressed.
Elephant Nature Park workers stepped in, adopted her, and nursed her back to health. Elephant Nature Park soon learned something even more amazing about Me-Bai’s mother!
Me-Bai’s mother, Mae Yui, was also giving tourist rides at the same time. When Elephant Nature Park rescued Me-Bai and learned that her mother, who was 30 years old, was not far away, they decided to reach out to Mae Yui’s owners to see if they would be willing to retire her.
Mae Yui’s owners agreed to retire her and Elephant Nature Park began to plan a big surprise for both elephants. The long-separated mother and daughter now had an opportunity to reunite.
When they were finally reunited, it was emotional, to say the least. “An elephant never forgets,” and that was certainly true for these two.
Most of the time, a baby elephant spends 11 years with her mother before she is able to leave her side. Me-Bai was kidnapped at such a young age; she was more than overjoyed to see her mother again. Mae Yui was clearly excited to have her baby back, too.
Elephant Nature Park are making sure that Me-Bai, and Mae Yui are being rehabilitated so they can return to the wild together.
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