A mother elephant and her daughter had an emotional reunion at the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation center in Thailand, after being separated for nearly three years by the tourism industry. The stunning event was captured on camera, and it demonstrates elephants’ strong emotional bonds with one another!
Mae Yui’s daughter, MeBai, was kidnapped from mom when she was three and a half years old and forced to carry visitors on her back through the streets of Thailand — a fate shared by hundreds of Asian elephants. MeBai continued to live this wretched existence for about three years, which had a significant influence on her health.
Fortunately, a group of volunteers saved the frail elephant just in time, and she was transferred to the Elephant Nature Park refuge in Chiang Mai province, where she learned to wander freely again. But, after so many years of suffering, the MeBai is in for a tremendous surprise.
Her mother, who had suffered the same fate, was also rescued and transported to a different shelter. However, the gang was able to hunt her down and bring her there to reconnect with her daughter.
The moment the two elephants see each other after three years apart, is so moving. Just too emotional for the words to describe it. For nearly an hour, the pair cuddled and stayed together. A truly heartwarming moment! “This a beautiful moment, and this confirms to you that an elephant never forgets,” a caretaker said. “Especially the love of the elephant.”
The two will stay in the refuge together until they are ready to return to their natural habitat: the wild. The sanctuary added, “The Elephant Nature Park and the Sanctuary are working jointly to rehabilitate Mae Yui and Me-Bai so that they can return to the wild and live free.”
Check out the touching reunion video below!