December 12, 2009–New patient who arrived yesterday, MaeNoi, an eleven year old pregnant elephant, has been relieved from bloat. MaeNoi is already 15 months pregnant which means she was pregnant when she was only less than 10 years old. [According to Wikipedia, female elephants usually reach estrus around age 13 and carry the fetus for 22 months. For more information, click here.]
Last night MaeNoi cried for her friends. They work at the hotel in Chiang Rai but she managed to sleep for over an hour. Mosha is so interested in MaeNoi since they are both young, she climbed her fenced enclosure to have a look.