1 July 2009
The past month has been great weather wise for BLES and the elephants. It has rained non-stop and this means two things for the elephants — an abundance of fresh, lush food in the forest and mud — lots of it!!
Mud plays such an important part in the daily lives of elephants. It helps rid their bodies of ticks and other biting insects, protects them from the sun, and rolling and rubbing in it provides them with hours of good old dirty fun!
With the rains, come a busy period of planting and land management for the team at BLES. So far, BLES and volunteers have planted over 800 banana trees, three huge fields of corn, and next on the list, is 2000 trees (various species) kindly donated by our local forestry department and our rice field. BLES also hopes to find funding to purchase 300 bamboo bushes and the help to plant them, as this is a particularly fast grower, and is a favorite treat for the elephants.
If you would like to get hands-on with us here at BLES, then feel free to drop me an email regarding availability.
The elephants are all really well and loving all the rain, mud, food, and freedom. Somai has started to join our daily walks again and this has caused great excitement among the ladies. Somai has been showing a lot of interest in Pang Noi and this has bought out a jealous streak in Pang Tong. She repeatedly barges herself between the pair and tries to hold Somai’s attention by touching his genitalia. Somai, of course, loves being the center of attention!
Tong Jai is making great progress since his return from the elephant hospital last month. He is enjoying his daily walks with Anon and has visibly put on weight.
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Lots of love to you all,
from us all here at BLES