An orphan baby elephant named Ayeya May resides at Winkabaw Elephant Camp in Myanmar, Asia. He has been very distressed without a mother, so staff there is doing the best they can to make him feel safe and loved.
Lek Chailert, founder of Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, came to visit him, and the sweetest thing happened. Chailert was feeding him milk when she started singing him a lullaby. In that moment, he knew he was safe. He laid down and looked so relaxed. Chailert rubbed his stomach as he fell asleep.
Ayeya May lives at the elephant sanctuary with two other baby elephants, seven-month-old Yuyu and four-month-old Mary. Because they are so young without their mothers, they need special care at all times. They are bottle-fed milk and shown so much love.
People like Chailert work directly with trekking camps to save these elephants who are stuck in captivity for the tourism or logging industry. Elephants normally stay with their mothers for 16 years, but the tourism industry takes the calves from their mothers when they are just six months old.