Maddy was the first elephant to arrive here at Elephant Valley. Her name means mother (Mo) good (Dee), or good mother…. but we anglophied it a bit and quickly called her Maddy. Within a few days of arriving she had taken Lou under her wing/trunk and is doing a fine job looking after her.
Her development has been one of the most advanced, for example she was the first elephant to sleep lying down, the first elephant to feel comfortable lying down in the day and also the most advanced when it comes to behavioral development.
Unfortunately her stay here was put on hold when she started to get a swelling in her front right foot and had to goto hospital in Lampang. There, she underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from a landmine she trod on in 1995 on the border with Burma. Originally she was healed up with traditional medicine but we decided to get the job done properly and fund the removal of the remaining shrapnel and scar tissue.
She will return in April or so.
Maddy is a confident female elephant, the kind of elephant that is essential to building herds and rehabilitating other less confident elephants and we have great hope for her future. She is looked after by her adoring mahout, Danny.
Our hope is that the owners will be happy with her life here and will decide to keep her here for a much longer period of time.
A visit to Thailand is not complete without meeting such an extra-ordinary elephant as this!