Mongkol is a 61-year-old former logging elephant. His captive-held life was spent hauling trees in the Thai forest. His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice. Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai. I discovered Mongkol is an extremely gentle, sensitive elephant who enjoys music, especially this slow movement by Beethoven which I play to him occasionally in the day and night.
I had the pleasure of being around "Art Elephants" one afternoon it was an exceptional experience.
I've always been amazed by elephants. my wife and I used to always go to the circus. once we saw a line of at least 5 elephants all rear up their front legs onto the elephant in front. this was under a tent. it was an unforgettable experience.
years later we were in line to get in a circus with the kids. we talked to the animal rights activists who showed us the horrid "boot" that was used to train the elephants. this changed our opinion on circus elephants overnight.
This brings me to my best ever day with elephants - The "Art Elephants". Elephants painting canvasses and bobbing up and down to boogie woogie piano music. beholding a wall of elephants under that circus tent was majestic in a way but troubling now. Seeing such huge creatures openly delighted by art and music was way, way better. Both are images that will be in my mind's eye always but the best one is the one that lifts my spirits when I think about it.
Art and music are good things. I know this because the elephants told me so.
Our brand new little baby girl was born a few days ago. Because my usual day job is to look for signs of possible sickness in little ones, I immensely grateful to her that she's rudely healthy. She's also beautifully mild mannered and mostly just gives a number of funny little squeaks if she's uncomfortable or needs something.
There's obviously everything still to play for but she's a very huge source of joy... Comparable to a puppy or elephant, in my humble opinion.