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Elephant guides caretaker to her adorable baby so she’ll sing her a lullaby
This is one persistent mama elephant - she knows just what her baby needs.
Jenny Brown
07.23.21

There are all different ways to soothe a baby, but nothing is sweeter than doing so with a lullaby. Moms around the world love to gather up their little ones and softly sing to them at night – providing them peace and comfort.

While this is a common activity for humans, turns out, some elephants enjoy it too!

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One of the greatest examples of this is the ritual shared between a rescued Indian Elephant, FaaMai, and her adoring caretaker Lek Chailert.

The two have developed a deep and intimate companionship since Faa Mai was rescued as a calf and brought to the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand, where Lek herself is the founder.

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The pair enjoy a special activity together.

From the time the now 9-year-old Elephant was just a calf, Lek has sung her lullabies to calm Faa Mai’s nerves and ease her to sleep.

As an adult, Faa Mai has fallen in love with recently rescued baby Thong Ae and wants to make sure the little elephant gets the same loving treatment as she did.

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In a video that’s gone viral, the elephant tries to get her caretaker to sing to the baby.

As Lek was taking a photo with Park visitors, Faa Mai decided to redirect her beloved caretaker’s attention towards what she viewed as a more pressing matter.

At first, it appeared as though the massive elephant was just being playful, but as her trunk kept prodding more persistently, Lek decided she’d better just let Faa Mai lead the way.

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As the pair began to walk, Lek allowed herself to be guided by the giant trunk wrapped around her.

If she tried to veer left or right, Faa Mai would use her trunk to push Lek back onto the path.

In a post on her Facebook page, the Park founder admitted she wasn’t too sure about what Faa Mai was pushing her toward.

“I wondered what it was that she really wanted”

Well, it didn’t take her very long to discover the answer to her question!

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Just a short distance later, Lek found herself face to face with Thong Ae.

Faa Mai stood there as if waiting for the woman to begin singing a lullaby.

As soon as she saw the baby elephant, Lek understood why she had been whisked away.

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Lek explained in her Facebook post that Faa Mai loves to be lullabied, and wanted to share that joy with Thong Ae.

“Faa Mai wanted me to lullaby her little friend, as she is so fond when I sing a lullaby to her.”

Such emotional connections have been found to be not only very common but also extraordinarily strong between elephants.

This is especially true for adult females and baby elephants.

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When a calf elephant is born many female elephants in the herd will shower it with affection and adoration.

One of the most amazing attributes of elephants is their ability to show love, and lots of it!

In addition to affecting their emotions, music also has physical effects on elephants. One that Faa Mai wanted Thonge Ae to experience.

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As Lek serenaded Thong Ae with her lullaby, the gentle giant started cozying up to Faa Mai. Lek explains Faa Mai’s sense of guardianship over the baby elephant as maternal instinct,

“She wants to adopt [her] as her own”

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Like a good mother, Faa Mai was showing love for the baby and wanted it to be comforted with a sweet song.

Not only because music is enjoyable, she perhaps wanted little Thong Ae to go to sleep.

“It’s so beautiful to see my little girl who has such a heart of care,I am so proud of this girl.”

In the video below, the elephant nuzzles and cuddles her new baby while Lek sings. It’s a heartwarming sight and seems to work, as she starts settling down. See, this mama knew exactly what needed to be done!

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Aren’t elephants amazing creatures? You can watch this adorable video for yourself below!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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