71 YEARS OLD
Nam Sook is 70 years old and is also known as 'Grandma' at Tree Tops. She is originally from Phattahlung Province in Southern Thailand and she is our oldest elephant at Tree Tops. She spent her former years hauling timber at a logging camp but was often weak as she was given insufficient food. As she grew older, she was becoming unprofitable and a burden to her owner so she was sold to Phuket where she was used to give rides to tourists.
Like many logging elephants, Nam Sook arrived in Phuket underweight and exhausted. She needed a lot of rest and veterinary care before working as a trekking elephant. She gave rides for about 15 years, and finally retired 5 years ago as she was very frail.
Due to digestion and only have 3 teeth left, she needs supplementary foods and we provide her with nutritious rice balls every day in order to maintain her weight and strength.
Some days, Nam Sook sets off walking around Tree Tops and we are astounded as to how much ground she can cover! Even though her body is tired, there is a strong minded, wise senior lady living the best life she can. She loves to put mud on herself or walk through the shallow stream.
If only elephants could talk, it would be fascinating to hear her life story and all that this beautiful elephant has endured.
Our 70 year old Nam Sook definitely proves that age is just a number!!
Just look at her go!!
She loves to splash around in the back pond, head first into the water, bottom in the air, having the time of her life! Even though she is our most senior elephant, she’s strong, agile, keeps up with 11 year old Fah Sai, and loves to bathe and play. We often find ourselves smiling as she acts like she’s 21 again!
This is exactly what the word Freedom means to our elephants. Being able to bathe on their own and do exactly what they wish. And we are sure you agree that it’s just awesome to see this pure happiness!
Every day with elephants is amazing and today has been particularly special. It's moments like today that we live for.
70 year old Nam Sook, also known as 'Grandma', surprised us with an enormous roar of excitement whilst greeting Nam Gaew and Fah Sai. It’s the first time we’ve heard her being so vocal!
She continued vocalizing all afternoon with trumpets and roars followed by happy rumbles. It was incredible!
Over the past week, Nam Sook has really turned a corner and seems almost a different elephant. Her confidence is shining through as she strides around Tree Tops. She used to have very little patience for 10 year old Fah Sai but they are now inseparable.
Lampoon (at the end of the video) is still unsure of Nam Sook joining her group and occasionally tries to block her from getting too close to the others, but there is no aggression. It’s more of a cautious curiosity as they get to know each other.
It really is very special to watch the relationships develop between our elephants. It just takes time, patience, and compassion.
The simple pleasures in life!
Nam Sook and 11 year old Fah Sai covering themselves in mud.
Life can really be this simple for elephants and it's just so lovely for us to enjoy watching them go about their day.