See Puak (meaning "Albino") Fast Facts:
At WFFT since: April 2011
Age: Between 50-60 years
Features: Rather large head and long eyelashes. She is one of WFFT's larger elephants with numerous scas over her body, however she is also one of their most beautiful, with a stunning spotted pattern on her trunk.
Story: See Puak (whose name means "albino") is between 50-60 years old, having been captured from the wild at around 10 years of age, which at the time was not unusual, although still illegal.
She has spent the last 23 years of her life with the same owner, working mainly at an elephant camp entertaining tourists with tricks. Knowing how easy See Puak was to 'train', thanks to her love of food, her owner also put her to work in the film industry, and See Puak featured in several movies over the years.
It was obvious to the rescue team that See Puak's love of food hadn't diminished over time, with it being very easy to lead the elephant onto the truck which was to bring her home to WFFT with a few bananas.
Update (September 2013):
See Puak has been having some issues with the abcess on her left cheek; her gland is playing up due to the bad diet and hard work she had to do in her former life. She had surgery to drain it, and now gets twice a week a cleaning session from the WFFT vets.
The other elephants are trained to allow the vet to treat their feet, but this training hasn't started with See Puak just yet. However the team thinks she will allow it more as she used to work in show business where she had to follow all kinds of instructions (unfortunately not for her own benefit at that time). She is quite dominant, so the team had some trials pairing her up with different rescue elephants, but happily she has found a mate in Duenphen.
The volunteers just dug a new mud bath for them, and they are both (especially See Puak) is now covered in mud all the time. This is actually quite a pity because she is considered one of the most beautiful elephants due to the spotted pattern on her trunk. It is, however, great for her skin and she really loves it!
See Puak is also the elephant that enjoys to swim the most in the private pool. Every time the volunteers throw fruit into it, she is the first to dash into the water to retrieve a snack!
Update (May 2015):
See Puak, Nam Phon & Duen Phen - The volunteers have been busy creating new enrichments to keep our New Land’s girls entertained and active.
They have been given various types of enrichments such as tyres they love to kick, high hidden feeder bowls to encourage natural browsing behaviours and hay that they enjoy throwing all over themselves.
Update (July 2016):
Some of our rescued pachyderm residents, Duen Phen, Nam Fon, and See Puak in our wild enclosure. These girls spend their days and nights chain free doing what they want to do, roaming their large forested enclosure.
Update (June 2017):
This month the lovely See Puak is celebrating her 6 year anniversary at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand! On April 21st 2011 See Puak was rescued from an elephant camp in the province of Surin, where she was exploited and abused for tourist gratification and entertainment.
See Puak continues to enjoy her retirement from the tourism industry, roaming freely in WFFT’s largest elephant enclosure with her two friends Nam Fon and Duen Phen. See Puak will spend her remaining years in retirement at WFFT, enjoying a peaceful life free from the demands of human beings.
Currently sponsored by:
1. Emmanuel Nulty, WA ($100)
2. Carol Pettit, WA($100)
3. Marie Crilley, NSW ($100)
4. June Hatwell, WA ($200)
5. Hazel Oleszek, VIC ($100)
Thank you for your support!