UPDATE: Injured baby elephant in Pattaya happy on Christmas Day

PHOTO: Siam Rath

Pattaya –

An injured female baby elephant is recovering and happy on Christmas Day today (December 25th).

First, as a reference, our past articles on this topic:

An injured female baby elephant is recovering after an operation to remove more than 10 bullets, believed to have been inflicted by illegal poachers in Chanthaburi.

UPDATE: Injured female baby elephant, shot and left for dead by poachers, recovers in Pattaya after operation to remove multiple bullets

Now, for the update:

Veterinarians said the elephant, named Fah Sai (Clear Sky), is getting better every day. However they still have to take care of Fah Sai as part of her recovery.

Today, Fah Sai wore a Santa Claus costume on Christmas Day and many people are happy to see Fah Sai today.

PHOTO: Siam Rath

Unfortunately, law enforcement in Chanthaburi have still not captured the suspected illegal poachers who shot Fah Sai over ten times and left her in a trap in the Eastern province in a nature reserve. She was later found alive but critically injured and was nursed back to health by Nong Nooch Garden staff and veterinarians in the Pattaya area.

Fah Sai, who is only a few months old, has reportedly bonded to a mother elephant in the gardens who has taken the young but energetic female elephant under her wing as her own.

Fah Sai will remain at the gardens instead of being released to the wild after her recovery, due to her strong growing bond with other elephants, lack of her own family of elephants outside that were suspected to be killed by poachers, and seemingly high comfort levels at the park.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.