Before she was forced to take tourists for rides, Mae Kam spent 37 years working in the Thai logging industry, hauling heavy logs through the jungle. She'd also had two calves - one was stillborn, and the other calf died after being bitten by a cobra. Mae Kam had actually watched the snake bite her calf. Mae Kam had screamed, and pulled hard against the foot chains that tethered her to her concrete stall. When the owner finally unchained Mae Kam, she rushed to protect her baby, but it was too late. For hours afterwards, she charged anyone who tried to get near her.
After the tragic loss of her baby, Mae Kam was never the same.