It’s very sad to know that in the end of this month Loong Naul will retire for his most beloved job as the mahout and he has to leave his beloved friend at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. I asked Loong Naul properly about three years ago ” When will you retire from this job? ” and the answer is next three years.. It seems the time teases me as it goes by too quick as now it is really three year when he last told me and yesterday was the farewell party for all retired staff at Thai Elephant Conservation Center..
I met Loong Naul this morning to ask him about how long had he been working as as the mahout of the forest industry organization the mother of Thai Elephant Conservation Center and he told me 34 years. It was very hard work as he had to leave his family back home while he was working the very deep forest as logging with the elephant and there were only 4 days to stay with the family. Sadly several years ago his wife was passed away so now he has to stay with his son at his homeland..
With his elephant Loong Naul works as the mahout of Sri Dor Tadang over 20 years as today is the last day to be his elephant as now the secondary mahout was assigned to work with this elephant..
For me Loong Naul is one of the best mahout at TECC as he is very gentle and kind, Naul is very talented mahout as he is the member of mahout music band who play traditional Thai guitar.
Tadang is one of most handsome elephant at TECC, he is tall, huge and strong so he is truly breeder of all female.. Once he is nearly become a dad of the baby elephant of Prathida who gave still-born of her first baby long time ago..
It’s just sad to leave here as the time goes by, and the truth is nothing last forever.. I wish the new mahout of Tadang will be like Naul.
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