Baby elephants typically depend on their mother’s milk for about three to four years after birth, so when one three-month-old was orphaned just weeks after being born, her health quickly deteriorated.
Thankfully, baby Eyeyarmay was rescued by an elephant orphanage in Myanmar, but since they just opened, they struggled to afford enough milk to feed Eyeyarmay and two other orphans. Recently, Lek Chailert, the founder of the Thailand sanctuary Elephant Nature Park, visited the orphanage and knew she had to do something to help when she spotted Eyeyarmay, whose ribs were visible from starvation.
“This camp is very new and just recently opened. To take care of baby nutrition it is very sensitive because their life at this stage is very fragile. In Myanmar, it is so difficult to get baby elephant milk formula. The camps still use cow milk to feed them but this can cause them dysentery which complicates their health status a lot,” Lek explained in a Facebook post.
In order to save the baby, the orphanage desperately needs milk formula, so Lek decided to spread the word on Facebook so people could donate to the cause. “One box can help to save this elephant’s life,” she wrote. If you’d like to help save Eyeyarmay, you can donate to the Save Elephant Foundation, or sent formula directly to the camp.
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[Featured image: Lek Chailert]