Mo Dee’s Story
Mo Dee was the first elephant to arrive here at Elephant Valley. Her name means mother (Mo) good (Dee), or good mother.
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. We target train all of our elephants and she showed her high level of intelligence by becoming the first elephant to achieve all of our target training goals.
In 2017 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. We understand that 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 returned in April 2017 and has been kicking back and enjoying the good life ever since.
Modee is a confident female elephant, the kind of elephant that is essential to building herds and rehabilitating other less confident elephants. After Ka Moon arrived in 2017 it has been Modee who has taught her how to be a real elephant again and we have great hope for her future. She is looked after by her adoring mahout, Danny.
A visit to Thailand is not complete without meeting such an extra-ordinary elephant as this!