She asked the mahout for the chance to rest the expectant mother but was
told that these elephants are still under agreement with the camp and
she will have to work until the end of the contact. Lek was deeply
troubled with this and tried to find the way out to help this poor
pregnant elephant. Finally she decided to pay the rent for that elephant
and take her away to rest at the Elephant Haven. Barely two weeks after
that she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. He is the first born in the
middle of the jungle thus Lek named him "Jungle boy" Everybody who saw
him found the little creature so adorable. When he made his first
contact with earth he started immediately to walk and was curious at
everything around him.
When he spotted Lek and the volunteers he did not hesitate to walk
over to sniff them and push with his trunk to show that he is a powerful
giant. Jungle boy showed his intelligence the first hour of his life.
Everyone lucky enough to witness his birth on that day were so amazed at
the way his mother took care of her son and they immediately fell in
love with this lovable, clumsy little boy. The volunteers and Lek spent
time to follow and research the birth and how his mother cared for him
since that wonderful day in the jungle. The time spent with Jungle boy
was so beautiful and rewarding. Lek knew that the baby jungle boy was
born to be free and he should not have to work.
Two months later Jungle Boy and his mother had to return to work at
the elephant trekking camp. The day they left Elephant Haven his mother
trumpeted very loud with anger, fear and sadness.
It made all of us heartbroken and we turned silently and cried. Next
day Lek and volunteers went to see Jungle Boy and his mother at the
walking trail. Lek knew Jungle boy will pass this way as this is a
regular elephant trekking route. Soon they see the little baby criss-crossing
between the front legs of his mother. He would hide under his mother
body when he not quite sure of the things around him. The little boy is
so nervous; this of the first day of his young life outside Elephant
Haven. Sometimes he is so shy and under-confident. He moves back and
knocks against the legs of his mother and was frequently tripping and
falling down. His eyes are deep red with tiredness as this was his
natural sleeping time. If he was in the wild with his mother he would be
fast asleep under her ever present protection and love. His life is now
programmed and controlled by humans.
Jungle boy was part of an elephant convoy. It contained many baby
elephants following their mothers. He is the youngest of the group . The
baby can have his mothers milk only when the job is done and they take
the tourist back to the next village of jungle platform. Jungle boy and
his mother now no longer have to work as tourist elephant taxi’s. Little
jungle boy learns quickly how to survive in tourist circles. When he
watches the bigger elephants play football for banana rewards, he picks
up the ball to play in imitation of the bigger ones.
Jungle Boy is back
He was brought back to the park is now part of the family group Mae
Keow and Mae Boon Ma..As he grows he is gaingin confidence and enjoys
wrestling with Hope and Phu Pa. He loves his time in the river and in
the mud-pit and goes there whenever possible.
Jungle boy in 2011
boy shortly after he was born
A mature Jungle boy