This is the adorable moment a rescued elephant calf is taking a bath for the very first time – an experience she instantly fell in love with. Now, the cute little thing just can’t get enough of having fun in the pool, and people can’t get enough of her enjoying it as well.
Though she looks happier than ever, life wasn’t always like this for Chaba. The tiny elephant was born in captivity and her playground was nothing but a small concrete box in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Just like so many elephants, the calf’s mom – BunMa -was forced to perform shows in order to entertain people. An awful fate that most likely Chaba would have shared too, if it wasn’t for some kind volunteers at the Save Elephant Foundation.
After massive efforts, these devoted people have somehow managed to rescue both Chaba and her mom, and then they have taken them both to the Elephant Nature Park, rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand.
“When our team learned about Chaba and her mom, BunMa, we tried our best to help them,” Ry Emmerson, projects director at Save Elephant Foundation, explained for The Dodo. “We found them in a small concrete pen…it was immediately clear that they were both in poor health and needed urgent intervention.”
Now the mother-daughter duo, finally have the chance of a well deserved peaceful life. But while BunMa looks so relieved after all she has been thorough, her sweet baby don’t miss any chance to explore new adventures at the rescue center. By far her best experience at the Save Elephant Foundation was to take a bath, her very first bath. A habit she enjoys every time she gets the opportunity.
“She loves playing with the water and splashing around,” the rescue wrote on Facebook. “ Mom walks away while she is playing and gets a moment to relax. She is growing confident and learning so much.”