Geaw Ta… means “Darling”. This our beloved early 50’s blind elephant is polite, peaceful and solitary. She always likes to be in her favorite corner. Even though she lost her sight inception, she is able to walk around the forest in our center with the confidence of “Moss”, her mahout, who looks like her eyes will take care of her and tell her the direction with a kind voice. She would use her trunk to touch the ground before stepping on to ensure her pace was safe.
Gaew Ta moved to the sanctuary on December 8, 2016, when she was discharged from elephant riding to bring tourists to visit the place. Previously, she worked hard as an elephant for logging in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in Southern Thailand.
After her arrival, we managed to cure her eyes symptoms hopefully she will be able to see again. On February 14, 2017, Dr. Rui Oliveira, the world renowned vet ophthalmologist came to check Gaew Ta at the sanctuary, and there was bad news, we found that her eyes were incurable because of her serious eyes injury, which is caused by sling shot. In addition, we found burn marks on her body from smoking cigarettes. We also found a deep hole in the forehead, which would have resulted from the old mahout using the elephant hook to practice and control her.
Everybody in the sanctuary want to make this forest to be like her new home where she could feel safe. We will take care of her both physically and mentally. So that she has relieved the pain and fatigue and live a simple and peaceful life as natural as she should be.