Name Meaning: A large necklace made of money meant to bring good fortune to the person who wears it.
Legal Age : 65
Arrival : December 2016, from a trekking camping in Pattaya (East Thailand)
Distinguishing Features : Small elephant with a rounded head and ears in good condition.. Blind in her left eye (it is opaque-white). Missing a lot of tail hairs. Very slight orange depigmentation on her face.
History : Logging, trekking, begging
Malai Ngun was the third and final elephant rescued in 2016. Old, weak and blind in her left eye, the WFFT team initially found Malai in late November whilst on an investigation at the trekking camp she was rescued from. After some negotiations, her release was again made possible due to the generosity of Joan Pearson and her friends in Sydney. Her rescue was a very straightforward one, though the journey home proved difficult, being delayed for many hours by poor traffic.
Characteristics and Personality Traits: Malai Ngun is a relatively slow, friendly and gentle elephant – though despite her age she is also quite proactive and incredibly inquisitive, enjoying her daily walks. Very notably Malai Ngun also succeeded in escaping from her quarantine pen on her second day to go exploring in the local area, eventually being brought back from one of the nearby villages. Since her arrival Malai Ngun has settled in well and shown interest in making friends with the other rescue elephants here at the WFFT Elephant Refuge. The team have plans to introduce her to other older ladies here in the future in the hope that she can enjoy her retirement in good company.
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Malai Ngun’s Story
Today we celebrate Chang Elephant Day. Take a look at these old girls enjoying some freedom at WFFT's Project 4. After years of abuse they can once again be elephants.
No more chains, hooks or rides for this old girl. Late yesterday evening we welcomed a new addition to the WFFT elephant herd, Malai Ngun (English - Silver Garland). After almost 65 years being enslaved [...]