An Asian elephant’s tearful reunion with her mother after a long separation is captured in a poignant video, supporting the adage that elephants never forget.
Me-Bai, a young elephant, is shown stroking Mae Yui, her mother, at the Elephant Nature Park sanctuary in northern Thailand.
After a 62-mile journey through the Thai forest, the two excitedly flap their ears and caress one another with their trunks.
Me-Bai was purchased to serve as a ride for tourists in Thailand when she was just three and a half years old. For three years, she didn’t get to visit her mother, who was also employed in the trade.
It’s especially heartbreaking since females like to remain in herds until they pass away, developing really strong bonds. Before the calf is five years old, they are rarely separated.
Me-Bai, the little elephant abandoned the tourism sector because she [was] too young [and] started to lose weight and could no longer carry the passengers, according to the Elephant News YouTube channel.
Recently, Me-Bai was saved and brought to the shelter after a four-day, 62-mile (100-kilometer) hike in the sweltering sun.
The sanctuary posted: ‘Me-Bai was nervous and wary of people when she first arrived at the sanctuary, but she quickly learned that her new caretakers had no intention of abusing her in any way.’
National Geographic notes that she was first wary of people but quickly became used to her new environment.
The owners decided to retire Mae Yui when it was revealed that Me-mother Bai’s worked in the nearby tourism company so she could join her children in the sanctuary.
We can all watch the heartfelt reunion of the two thanks to the footage that was taken.