Niah has been with elephant Panwanjao for eight years and he has appropriately titled her the "Naughty Girl." During our brief conversation he described her stubborn behavior as a trait he finds humorous. "She doesn't like to listen to people" and prefers not to have anyone ride her. Luckily my girls Ruthie and Josephine were tough, despite the hardship their elephant companion presented. Niah is fifty-four and he was explaining the importance and family. After eight years of being with Panwanjao he is reluctant to do anything except for his job because he said "if I stay home then I don't get paid." He said that caring for his elephant isn't hard work and considers his elephant to be a close friend with a distinct personality. This is particularly important when your job day in and day out is to care for a single big-bodied soul. Sadness would overwhelm his soul with his friend Niah explained to me as he carved bamboo effortlessly into a useable cup for drinking.