Wild elephants are massive beasts, yet within this massive structure resides a knowledgeable animal with various skills. And also, elephants have remarkable memory, which is one of their most distinguishing characteristics. Elephants have been known to recall events that occurred many years ago. Several folk stories of elephants remembering those who have wronged them and exacting retribution even after many years. However, bear in mind that elephants are gentle creatures by nature, and they will only turn violent due to our actions and biological circumstances.
We recently heard a tale from Thailand about a vet who ran across an elephant he had treated 12 years before, and the most significant part was that this wild elephant remembered the doctor who had treated him!
The doctor Maneeon, first encountered this 31-year-old elephant while he was in a serious state. The elephant was suffering from trypanosomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness, which is a deadly parasite infection. Fortunately, three officials from the Forest Industry Organization discovered him and transported him to be treated by the staff.
He was initially hostile, but with enough love and care from Dr. Maneeon and his staff, the elephant began to show signs of recovery and was released back into the wild after several months of treatment.
Dr. Maneeon was patrolling in the same location after 12 years, and this elephant emerged out of nowhere when he heard Dr. Maneeon’s voice. After all these years, the doctor never expected the elephant to know him, but when he saluted the elephant, he also hailed this sort of doctor with a similar passion.
“I recall the sound quite clearly,” the vet stated in an interview. Plai Thang’s noise is one-of-a-kind.”
“When we initially met, Plai Thang was quite pushy. He couldn’t fight other elephants since his body was weak. And also, it took a long time for him to recover, but we discovered that he was knowledgeable and self-sufficient. We recently reconnected. We recognized each other and exchanged greetings. It was an extraordinary moment.”
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