Elephants are commonly referred to as “gentle giants.” These majestic beasts are the largest land animals in Asia. Asian elephant, Faamai, is the epitome of a “gentle giant.” While some of us need expensive white noise machines or the soft glow of a TV screen to fall asleep, Faamai just needs to hear her favorite lullaby.
At her home in Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park, this sweet pachyderm loves nothing more than her caretaker, Sangduen “Lek”, Chailert’s voice. You can tell she and Faamai have a special bond when Lek starts singing the elephant’s favorite lullaby. After just a few seconds of singing, the elephant pulls her friend in closer with her trunk. A few more bars, and she is on the ground, slowly dozing off for the ultimate cat nap. Faamai was born in the ENP in 2009 and known to be curious and gentle.
Since 1986, Asian elephants have been classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Poachers, habitat destruction, and other threats are leaving these animals’ lives at risk. The ENP is home to more than 35 Asian elephants, including Faamai, who have been rescued from abuse. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes, and many other animals at various projects across Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Watching Faamai soak up her caretaker’s beautiful song, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could harm such an adorable girl.
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