Elephants are in love with music. We’ve seen so many examples of elephants feeling the music just as humans do. It is also the case of FaaMai, a rescued Indian Elephant.
FaaMai and her caretaker, Lek Chailert are sharing an incredible bond. The elephant was brought to the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand when she was just a calf and the two have developed a deep and intimate companionship ever since. Back then, Lek has sung her lullabies to calm Faa Mai’s nerves and ease her to sleep.
Now, the 9-year-old elephant 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. And while her caretaker was taking a photo with some visitors, Faa Mai decided that her presence is required upon a more pressing matter.
At first it looked like the elephant was being playful, but as her trunk kept prodding more persistently, Lek decided she’d better just let Faa Mai lead the way. However, even Lek was not actually sure why the elephant is pushing her forward. But she was to find out soon!
Just a short distance later, Lek found herself face to face with Thong Ae. And guess what, she just wanted Thong Ae to be treated just as she was treated when she was just a calf. “Faa Mai wanted me to lullaby her little friend, as she is so fond when I sing a lullaby to her,” Lek explained.
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. When a calf elephant is born many female elephants in the herd will shower it with affection and adoration. In addition to affecting their emotions, music also has physical effects on elephants. One that Faa Mai wanted Thonge Ae to experience.