Thom’s Elephant Camp is in its third generation in Pai. Meet Thom (above, middle) …
… and her wonderful elephants
Tutdao looks like the super star of this camp. If you have a look at her eye-lashes, you will understand the name.
Although she is only 24 years old, she’s the biggest lady out there. Tutdao is very playful and walks beautifully.
Tutdao has a very playful and positive attitude and it shows in how she interacts with people. She plays football, plays the harmonica and says thank you.
She has to be the one with the most humour!
Ot is a very friendly and playful elephant. She loves to eat all the time, especially fruit. She will give you a hug if you feed her.
She will lift you up when you give her a hug around her trunk. She’s Thom’s favorite – her best friend and is 34 years old.
She is extremely intelligent! She dances, plays football, plays the harmonica, splashes you if you're hot, says thank you when asked, and loves to be loved!
At 45, Nguan [Gooan] is the oldest lady on our camp. We brought her from Nakhon Si Thamarat, where she was on a working camp.
She is very happy here with us and we are sure that she will have a better life with us.
Like our other elephants, she is really friendly and loves to play with our guests in the river.
She loves being fed bananas!
An elephant is around nine feet (2.7 m) tall and weighs about 3.5 tons (3,500 kg). Elephants are sensitive creatures but, when scared, they can also be very dangerous. It is necessary for the mahout to carry a bull hook at all times, when out with his elephant — in case of an emergency.
It is impossible to control a scared animal with your bare hands.
Mahouts at other camps may sometimes use the hook to give the animals directions, but we at Thom’s disagree with this entirely.