An old 31-year-old elephant named Plai Thang greeted doctor Pattarapola Manion with his long trunk. They met very unexpectedly after many years of separation.
The elephant was found 13 years ago in the Thai forests. He had an extremely dangerous syndrome called trypanosomiasis, which is often fatal and is known as sleeping sickness.
They called a famous elephant veterinarian, Dr. Pattarapol, for trying to treat him, as the elephant was already developing a fever, loss of appetite, and swelling in the face, neck, and abdomen.
The elephant also had inflamed eyes, as well as anemia, stiffness of the limbs and back. The elephant was taken to another province in Thailand so that they could help in a kind of wildlife and rare plant conservation area.The treatment was difficult and took several months, after which he was released into his natural habitat.
And just recently, the same doctor was entrusted with patrolling the area and suddenly he heard a very characteristic and familiar sound made by an elephant, whose life was saved 14 years ago.
The doctor is confident that Plai Tang also did not forget him and recognized his savior. He shared that at the meeting the elephant was extremely aggressive and at the same time weak and could not defend itself in a fight with other elephants, and it took a lot of time to recover.
He told that after 13 years they greeted each other like old acquaintances, the elephant pulled its trunk to his hand and they greeted each other in this way.