Elephants Reunite with Caretaker After 14 Months Apart

Nothing can be sweeter than seeing a group of elephants rushing toward their well-loved caretaker after not seeing him for 14 months.


This scene seemed as if it had been taken straight out of a Nat Geo magazine. Darrick Thomson received this warm welcome from his beloved ‘pets.’ Upon hearing a familiar call, a group of the largest mammals on land began to walk across shallow waters.

Standing in the shallows, Darrick called out to the ‘gentle giants.’ As they excitedly rushed toward him, his joy was evident, especially after having been apart from them for over a year.

When they approached, each elephant seemed to long for a hug or at least a pat from Darrick. He became the center of attention, as if nothing else mattered to the elephants except for him. They behaved gently around him, seemingly aware of their immense size in comparison to his.

Darrick and his wife, Sangduen Lek Chailert, co-founded the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. They care for dozens of rescued elephants as well as stray cats and dogs. They are just one of the many caretaker teams in the sanctuary.

Elephants have remarkable retention abilities. They are known for their impressive memory. The elephants likely recalled fond memories of being cared for by Darrick. That’s why their reunion was, undoubtedly, a joyous occasion for them.

The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” – Proverbs 12:10

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