Aww!
Precious rescue elephant ‘asks’ caretaker for a lullaby and then falls fast asleep
This is so beautiful. ❤️
Cherie Gozon
03.28.22

Here’s a story that proves elephants are gentle giants.

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We often associate size with power and strength. From vehicles to machines to people and animals. When we see something so big, we feel like it will reduce us to dust!

However, some creatures are gentle giants, like elephants.

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The average mass is 4.4 US tons for African elephants, while the African bush elephant’s average mass is 6.6 tons. Elephants are known to be the largest land animal that exists on our planet today.

It may surprise you how gentle elephants are.

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They are very sensitive beings. They use their feet to listen, especially to vibrations on the ground, which helps them when it comes to running away from predators and poachers. Elephants also have great memories, and they can even remember the faces of people and fellow elephants.

This video of an elephant falling asleep to a lullaby is too wholesome.

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Faa Mai is one of the elephants that the Save Elephant Foundation rescued, but she’s also a beloved organization figure. The foundation often shares videos of Faa Mai and her friends frolicking in the mud and enjoying their sanctuary.

Faa Mai is one of the friendliest elephants in the herd.


She has welcomed other rescued elephants and toured them around the sanctuary as a welcome treat. The caretakers love her, too, especially their founder Saengduean ‘Lek’ Chailert. She pulls out her charm whenever she sees Lek – like in this video.

Lek went near Faa Mai, and the gentle giant stretched her trunk and pulled Lek closer.

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It turned out she wanted Lek to sing her a lullaby so she could fall asleep, and Lek was glad to oblige. She led Faa Mai to where she should lay to sleep while she swatted flies away using her sweater.

Faa Mai slowly laid herself down, and Lek cuddled next to her.

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Lek leaned her head next to Faa Mai’s eyes and started to sing a lullaby in Thai. In the video, you can see and hear the sweet elephant breathing calmly as she begins to doze off.

Lek continued to sing as she shifts and moves near Faa Mai’s neck.

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The gentle giant was suddenly fast asleep! What a heartwarming moment. As the founder, Lek was very much hands-on in the sanctuary. This is why some elephants like Faa Mai were used to having her around and loved it when she gave them special attention, like singing a lullaby.

Lek also caught the attention of another elephant who approached her.

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Maybe it also fell into a trance with Lek’s voice and wanted to lay beside her and Faa Mai. It would have been a perfect treat to see what happened next. But oh well, we were already treated to a heartwarming scene with this video.

The Save Elephant Foundation is based in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai Province in Thailand.


For years, Lek has been fighting for for severely abused elephants, especially those used for tourism or entertainment. Save Elephant Foundation does not only rescue elephants but other animals as well.

Support their cause by donating to the foundation.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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