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Somboon & Khan Kluey

As May is the hottest month in Thailand, Somboon is now joining her adopted son Khan Kluey for a joyful swim in the lake at least twice a day. He is now used to giving her a little helpful push to get her into the water when she is too hesitant to go in by herself.

Gettting more and more confident, clever Khan Kluey comes up with new brilliant strategies to get more food every day by creating mischieve throughout the day.

WFFT Mahouts and volunteers are tackling this restless behavior by creating new enrichments for Khan Kluey to stay intellectualy and physically challenged and entertained.

Using all natural material, such as banana leafs, bamboo or hand-made ropes made from plants, WFFT volunteers build hanging, floating or buried prizes for Somboon and Khan Kluey to find, encouraging them to use their trunks as well as their brains.

As Khan Kluey becomes more clever with each passing day, he has started a competition with volunteers as they try to out smart eachother.

Pictures:
Khan Kluey trying for hanged enrichment - Khan Kluey swimming
Somboon waving her trunk for food - Somboon and Khan Kluey swimming

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See Puak

See Puak has moved for good!

Being the most adventurous and confident elephant at WFFT, See Puak got the chance to move to the new 4 hectares ‘Elephant Wild Enclosure’ in New Land.

After a few weeks of spending all day in the new enclosure and coming back to spend the night at the sanctuary with her former mate Duenphen, See Puak has moved indefinitely to her new home. She is now able to forage as much as she wants in the forest, giving See Puak a close connection to the wild life she has long forgotten.

A little shy about her new surroudings, she is now very comfortable taking daily baths in the clear and fresh water of her new lake.

See Puak can now enjoy a lot of space and freedom.

Pictures:
See Puak trying to reach the corn without going in the water
See Puak finally in the water, getting lots of corn

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Duenphen & Nam Phon

Meet Nam Phon, Duenphen’s new mate.

WFFT’s new resident Nam Phon recently joined Duenphen in her new home, down in the centre.

As they both need medical care, this green and shaded enclosure right next to the Wildlife Hospital is the perfect place for them. They were introduced to each other only few weeks ago and are getting on very well.

Nam Phon discovered the enrichment facilities in her new enclosure with great enthusiasm and is playing with them throught the day and night when she thinks nobody is looking, highkicking hanged barrels and trumpetting.

Pictures:
Nam Phon (front) and Duenphen (back) together for the first time in their new enclosure
Nam Phon with ‘tire-net’ enrichment
Nam Phon using scent to find enrichement

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Boonmee

Two hour pedicure for Boonmee.

Boonmee’s abcess is getting better! After more than a year of daily treatment, Boonnee’s old wound has now improved enought for the vet to start taking care of other minor injuries.

A few days ago, Boonmee had a two hour long pedicure, including nail trim and file, a procedure that has to be done once every six months to avoid infections between the toes. Boonmee stood still for two hours, letting the vet treat her feet with complete trust and presenting her sole for the mahouts to check it.

Pictures:
Boon Mee walking to wildlife hospital
Boon Mee showing her sole to mahout
Boon Mee’s nail treatment done

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Kaew Petch & Boon Chuey

She has been at WFFT for just a month, but Kaew Petch’s skin condition is already much better. When she arrived, she was a little agitated, spending most of the day scraching herself on trees.

She enjoyed a proper scrub on her first day and everyday since, relieving her for the discomfort of a very itchy skin condition. With the help of the daily showers, medicated shampoo and anti-fungal lotions, Kaew Petch has made great improvements.

Kaew Petch and Boon Chuey had actually met previously in an elephant camp in Pattaya. They were very curious about each other from both sides of the fence that separate their two original enclosures, enought for WFFT to try to pair them together. They get on very easily and now sharing a large enclosure.

Upon arrival, Boon Chuey so very gentle that WFFT’s team tried right away to let her out of her enclosure on a long walk throught the forest, encouraging to forage for the first time, and she did very well.

Pictures:
Kaew Petch skin, after 4 weeks treatment
Boon Chuey (front) and Kaew Petch (back) in their new enclosure.Boon Chuey on her first walk throught the forest

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Pai Lin

The old lady is doing great.

More mischievous than ever, she’s trying everyday to steal some more fruits from WFFT’s volunteers food house, sneaking her trunk to reach corn or pineapples.

On walks, she doesn’t listen to anyone, going her own way at her own pace. This progression to wilder behavior is indeed a great improvment, showing that Pai Lin is not afraid anymore.

Pictures:
Pai Lin on walk, throwing dust on her back to protect her skin from the sun
Pai Lin enjoying banana trees

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