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Dani was born in the mid 1960’s. She was rescued from illegal logging in the Tak province in November, 2010.
Once she was old enough to start doing heavy labor, she began her career as a logging elephant working all up and down the border, in both Thailand and Burma. Most recently she was working inside the Karen state in Burma. Because of the long running civil war between the Karen and the military oppressors of Burma, fighting breaks out on a regular basis and it is very dangerous for elephants to be working in the forests. Being shot or stepping on a landmine are very real possibilities.
In early November of 2010 elections were held in Burma, the results of which caused armed conflict in the area where Dani was working. Her owner was forced to bring her back over to Thailand and was having trouble finding work for her. He decided to sell her to an interested party from Surin who was planning on using her as a street begging elephant. Thankfully some Western volunteers who worked for an NGO helping refugees somehow heard about this possible transaction and intervened. These Westerners helped get us in contact with Dani’s owner. From there her rescue became reality. Dani is now part of a trio, being friends with Mae Boon Ma and Mae Bua Loy. She is confident and well-adjusted, often spending time with some of our other Park females as well. Dani and her two friends enjoy a very lively and vocal play in the river on most afternoons, often drawing visitors out on the observation deck to see what all the ruckus and vocalization is all about!
Medo was put to work at the tender age of just eight years old.
She hauled logs in the mountains spanning the border region for 4 years, until she was seriously injured when a heavy log fell on her, breaking her rear left ankle. Unable to work, 12 year old Medo’s contract with the logging company was cancelled. The bone never properly set, and even to this day her original injury is evident. Medo was brought from camp to camp, but no one was interested in employing a lame elephant.
To get some kind of income out of her, Medo would be made to breed. They found the largest and strongest bull they could, a big tusker. Medo was chained by four legs. The huge bull was in musth though, and rather than simply breeding with her, he savagely attacked her, pinning her on the ground with his tusk. She screamed in pain but no one would risk coming close to the musth bull to help her. She tried and tried but could not stand. She was left lying down, bleeding and writhing alone in agony.
Vets determined that her backbone had become dislocated.
These injuries were very serious, and Medo fought for her life for 3 full years. For the next 15 years Medo spent her life in isolated and tedious toil. The owners, shamed of her condition, kept her hidden. No camps would accept an elephant so marred by a lifetime of abuse. Medo spent the days before her rescue at Mae Sariang region, dragging the small logs that she could, in an isolated village in the mountains.
Seeing Medo’s unnatural gate always has an impact, and there was no question that this working elephant needed rescuing. Lek immediately set the terms for transferring Medo. Word went out for funding, and Bert of Serengeti Foundation immediately responded with funds needed to rescue Medo. Physically getting Medo from the remote village to the park was not easy, but she finally arrived in June 2006.
On arrival, Medo saw other elephants again for the first time in 15 years. Unsure of herself, she had a slow adjustment period, but finally a strong bond of friendship formed with Sao Yai and Mae Lanna. Medo’s abscess from the logging work was treated, and she is taking time wading in the river to help with her back. Medo’s major physical injuries will likely never heal, but with hope she can still become a well-adjusted and social elephant.
Born around 1980, Tilly was rescued from a trekking camp in early March 2011, She has had about 15 owners before finally finding a forever home. She was bought from a nearby trekking camp and had only been there a few months when we were able to rescue her.
Tilly has a dislocated hip. How she got this injury is not known. With Tilly’s handicap, she was probably not suitable for giving rides. It’s most likely that she was put in a forced breeding program so that she could produce babies who would be taken from her to be used in street begging or elephant show. Thankfully Tilly came to the park before that could happen. Here in the Park, she is best friends with Thai Koon.