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The Elephant Story Adopts Baby Elephant

February 12, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Elephant Story, a Not-for-Profit retail store in Comfort, Texas that was formed to promote elephant conservation in Asian elephant countries is pleased to announce the adoption of a Thai baby elephant.

With proceeds generated by The Elephant Story store in Comfort, Texas, The Elephant Story has adopted Rueang Cay (Story from the Heart) also known as Nong Am.

Born on July 16, 2008, Rueang Cay has never had to endure the same hardships that her mother Bua Thong faced at her age. However, it costs about US$15,000 per year to keep one adult elephant, mahout (owner and driver of the elephant), family and benefits.

Through The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundations (GTAEF) Adopt-an-Elephant program, The Elephant Story will donate $15,000 (USD) per year to pay for Rueang Cay’s daily food and veterinary care.

In honor of The Elephant Story’s generous donation, GTAEF gave Baby Am a nom de plume of Rueang Cay (Story from the heart in Thai) to fit Rueang Chang (Elephant Story in Thai).

A brief history of BuaThong and Rueang Cay

Born in Surin, Thailand in 1983, Bua Thong (Golden Lotus) spent her young life as many elephants do, walking from town to town, selling sugarcane and bananas to people to feed back to her. She roamed with her mahout between Pattaya, Chon Buri and Ayutthaya.

In 1993, when Bua Thong was 10 years old, she was sent to the Philippines to be part of an Elephant show. Conditions were not good in the Philippines. After two years, Bua Thong and her mahout chose to return to a life of street begging in Thailand.

On their return to Thailand, Bua Thong and her mahout spent the next few years doing various jobs including re-tracing their old path of street begging as well as spending some time working in a trekking camp in Ayutthaya.

In 2007 Bua Thong’s mahout brought her up to Northern Thailand to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Already pregnant when she arrived in the GTAEF camp, Bua Thong gave birth to Rueang Cay (Story from the heart) on the 16th of July 2008. Lucky enough to be born in the GTAEF camp, she is now a very happy, healthy, five year old, who loves interacting with people, getting pampered by visitors while eating sunflower seeds and bananas. The apple of everyones eye, Rueang Cay knows how special she is to everyone at GTAEF.

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