Name meaning: Banana leaf stem
Arrival date: October 2008
Arrival age: 2
Rescue location: Cha Am
History: Khan Kluey was only a baby when he arrived at WFFT. He was born at an elephant camp, torn away from his mother at just one-year-old, and then put through the Phajaan at a ridiculously young age. He was forced to perform tricks for tourists and beg for food to make money on the streets of Cha Am. He came to WFFT’s attention when he appeared in a local newspaper after getting stuck down a hole on the side walk.
Characteristics: Khan Kluey is our only male elephant. Despite his young age, he is the tallest elephant at WFFT and has the potential to be very dangerous. He is strong, playful and a fast learner. People must stay several metres away from his enclosure at all times, as he likes to throw things over the wall as people pass by.
Khan Kluey shares his enclosure with his adoptive mother, Somboon. He has smooth skin, wide eyes and a perfectly rounded back. His tusks were broken off in his attempt to break free from the chains in the camp where he used to live.
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