This isn't the first time Kham La and Darrick's special relationship has been caught on camera. A video posted in January shows Kham La running to greet Darrick when he drives his tractor up, trumpeting happily and leaning her head into the driver's seat for pets.
Unfortunately, many captive elephants, like those in Thailand, are used for entertainment and labor and subjected to brutal training regiments. Chailert said that the strong bond between the young elephants and their caretakers is partly due to the knowledge that they won't be hurt.
"The elephant know[s] his heart and can see that he has no tool to force them [to perform]," she wrote.
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