A few weeks ago, Cattleya’s previous owner contacted our mahout Benz, expressing his concerns for the well-being of his elephant.
He had rented out 45-year-old Cattleya to a number of small logging camps in the Trang province and later found out that her keeper forced her to pull heavy trees for over 16 hours each day whilst enduring physical and mental abuse. Wanting a better future for his elephant, the owner decided it was time to find a place where she could rest and recover.
When Khun Benz learned about Cattleya’s circumstances, he immediately alerted our founder Mr. Montri, and together they drove up to Trang to meet her. Her condition was worse than expected. Her body was weak and fragile from the heavy work, and she turned out to suffer from a skin infection. The decision to rescue her was made swiftly.
Yesterday we made a second trip to Trang, and as we walked into the jungle to locate Cattleya we found her drinking water from a stream. She followed us up the hill and stepped onto the truck without hesitation. We then took off, and after a quick stop at the elephant hospital in Krabi we continued the 5-hour journey back to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. When we finally arrived, the sun had already disappeared behind Khao Phra Theao National Park. Cattleya stepped off the truck and into the darkness of her new shelter, probably thinking she has been moved to yet another logging camp. Little does she know.
As we write this update, the sun is rising over Phuket’s east coast, and a new day awaits. Or in Cattleya’s case, a whole new life. 💘 Follow @Elephants_Gram_Life for more 😉
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