WFFT (Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand)
We know how much our supporters love elephants, so here are a few wonderful stories from our friends at WFFT which we'd like to share with you
Somboon is usually the last of the elephants to go for a swim, but this time avid swimmer Khan Kluey wandered around the edge of the pond, leaving most of the fruits in the water for Somboon. For most of the swim she kept her tail curled up above the water, which certainly was an amusing sight!
The team at WFFT has been testing their new enclosure - 5 hectares of forest designed specifically for their rescued elephants - by allowing them to take a sneak peek at the new facility before the official opening. See Puak (left) in particular seems to relish this new adventure. As you can see from this photo, she has already discovered the juicy grasses planted around the new ponds.
Pai Lin (right) has also been exploring the new enclosure, and has already figured out the easiest way to get from one feeding area to the other. Luckily she is a bit more respectful of the trees than some of the other elephants, so hopefully this will help to maintain the leafy forest canopy that provides much-needed shade.
Khan Kluey was rescued from his previous life as a begging elephant when he was just 3 years old. During his formative years, he was taught several tricks, and unfortunately he still uses them in a bid to get food. The team at WFFT is keen to discourage this behavior, in the hope that Khan Kluey will revert to the natural feeding habits of his fellow elephants. On a positive note, his pose in this picture does helps the vets to check on the growth of his tusks.
Elephants use mud and sand to protect their sensitive skin from the sun and insects. Usually within an hour of their shower time, they are covered in it again. Here is DuenPhen demonstrating the importance of sun protection by throwing grass polls onto her back to give an extra layer of protection.