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Elephant Recognizes Vet Who Saved His Life 12 Years Prior

Animals, just like humans, are emotional creatures and very sensitive. Though they cannot speak, they express themselves in other ways that are just as beautiful if not more. Plai Thang, this 31 year old elephant hailing from Thailand, was gravely ill in 2011. He managed to survive the terrible disease of trypanosomiasis all thanks to the care and treatment he received from his veterinarian, Pattaraapol Maneeon. This vet went above and beyond to careful and eventually same this gentle giant. Even if many years have passed, Plai Thang will never forget the treatment he received from his beloved vet. 

After months of treatment, Plai Thang was released into the forest. 12 years later, a beautiful reunion has occurred between the elephant and his vet. The meeting took place recently when Pattarapol was touring the area to which Plai Thang was released. The vet recognized the sound of an elephant and managed to call out to him in return. Plai Thang responded to his call and raised his trunk to Pattaraapol to express his recognition and gratitude. We love wholesome reunion stories like these. It fills us with positivity and good vibes! 

 

 

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    Through his Facebook page, the vet commented: "We recognized each other…12 years have passed, we have met again. We salute each other. The second we touched, I heard the cry of this wild elephant in a tone of voice that I had never heard from any elephant before. Plai Thang was the first case of a wild elephant to become ill with trypanosomiasis, a parasite in the blood."


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    The beautiful moment was captured on camera for all of us to appreciate! There's nothing like a wholesome reunion to jerk on your heart strings.


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