A few days ago, an elephant named Mae Perm passed away of old age, leaving her blind younger friend Jokia behind. Mae Perm was Jokia’s eyes as well as her source of love and confidence for the last 17 years. Her best friend helped her to forget the unimaginable abuse working in the illegal logging industry for many decades before she was rescued by Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.


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“We found it is so difficult to take Mae Perm body to bury, because Jokia stood to protect her and would not let us to take the body of her best friend away,” writes ENP’s Lek Chailert. “She stood over her for almost 6 hours, touching and nudging and leaning against the lifeless body of Mae Perm. When we managed [to take the body away] she shown such grief crying and moaning all the time. She refused to eat only seeking for her best friend…From today we will do everything we can to help her though this most difficult time for her.”

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A few days ago, an old elephant named Mae Perm passed away, leaving her blind younger friend Jokia behind

“She stood over her for almost 6 hours, touching and nudging and leaning against the lifeless body of Mae Perm”

Mae Perm was Jokia’s eyes as well as her source of love and confidence for the last 17 years

Her best friend helped her to forget the unimaginable abuse working in the illegal logging industry for many decades

“Jokia did not eat much during the whole morning, and when she went to get some melons…we took advantage of the moment to pull Mae Perm’s body out of the room”

“Jokia did come right over as we moved the body, and she touched Mae Perm, moaning painfully as her friend slipped away from her forever”

“From today we will do everything we can to help her though this most difficult time for her”

Watch Jokia mourning here:

Elephant CryWe gave to Jokia a long time to be with her great love. She stood over her for almost 6 hours, touching and nudging and leaning against the lifeless body of Mae Perm. Even then we found it difficult to separate the 2 of them, but we had to manage about the body before too long ( temperatures have been hitting 100 d. mid afternoon lately). Jokia did not eat much during the whole morning, and when she went to get some melons at the other end of her shelter, we took advantage of the moment to pull Mae Perm’s body out of the room and gently down into her final resting place. Jokia did come right over as we moved the body, and she touched Mae Perm, moaning painfully as her friend slipped away from her forever. We feel her pain. From today we will do every thing we can to help her though this most difficult time, and into the days of healing and new friendships, Mae Perm never forgotten.Darrick Thomson, Alan James, Christine Thomson, Adam Flinn, Lek ChailertMore video : www.youtube.com/elephantnews

Posted by Lek Chailert on Thursday, 7 April 2016

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