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Tawee

September 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

       

Having a moment to speak I sat next to Tawee and he described his ten year commitment to elephant Boonmee. The soft spoken spirit of this fifty three year old man was delighted to discuss the relationship and experience with his elephant. As my questions were translated his eyes met directly with mine to display an essence of sincerity. He then proceeded to tell me that his love for elephants had been a lifelong feeling. His efforts not only support the life of an animal often misunderstood and stereotyped but his two daughters who were off at school. He had been paired with Boonmee for ten years, but knows the connection is beyond the life they know. Some of the aspects about his elephant that he feels are distinct to Boonmee are the slow saunter and undeniable lust for sugar cane and bananas (what elephant doesn't right?), but what he felt was dear to him was the fact that Boonmee really gets along with people. That is an important characteristic because once a week we would rotate a new set of students to pair with a Mahout and an Elephant and in order to preserve the positive image of the giant gentle beast it is kind of key not to have a EWA (elephant with an attitude).

 


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