The cheeky toddler, seeing the treat laid out on Oct. 13, ran ahead and slid on his knees across the cake before tucking into a juicy chunk of watermelon and then spitting a piece of a half-chewed watermelon out. Not yet satisfied with the amount of mess already created, he then slid across the food a second time and then sat on it, as grandma munched away the remaining bits silently beside him.
Samui Elephant Haven later shared the hilarious moment between Haven, 2, and his 70-year-old grandmother, Sri Nin, on Instagram with the caption: “Grandma! Please stop him!”
A representative from the sanctuary, based in Thailand’s Ko Samui island, told The Epoch Times that Sri Nin, their oldest elephant, was rescued from a riding camp. Prior to that, the elderly elephant had spent two decades hauling heavy teak wood trunks and logs for the logging industry, a practice that was later banned in 1989 by the Thai government. She is blind in one eye and had her tail bitten off by another elephant as an infant.
Meanwhile, Haven is the first calf ever to be born at the sanctuary.
Referring to the adorable clip of Haven destroying the cake that was meant for his grandma, which is now making rounds on the Internet, staffers said they’d expected Haven to eat some of the rice, pumpkin, and fruit-based cake, but didn’t expect him to destroy the treat entirely. “It’s okay, because baby elephants are naughty and we can’t control them,” they reasoned. “Finally, we knew that grandma would eat all of the cake!”
Describing Haven, who loves watermelon, as “polite and friendly” but “sometimes naughty,” owing to his young age, staffers claimed Sri Nin is “quiet” and “moves very slowly” by contrast. No longer able to eat hard foods like raw pumpkin, she now enjoys cooked rice and boiled pumpkin.
The elephants’ cake was, in fact, a personalized treat adorned with two names and a figure holding a soccer ball; the sanctuary offers a service where supporters can donate a cake in exchange for a video of resident elephants tucking in.
Founded by animal lover Maew Suriya in 2018, Samui Elephant Haven has rescued 14 elephants from across Thailand and the tourist-trekking industry to date. Staffers are glad that the funny footage of Haven and Sri Nin has been so well-received, as it helps raise their visibility.
“I think many people love that,” the sanctuary told The Epoch Times. “Many people ask us for the video.”
The sanctuary has two pieces of advice for people: don’t ride or abuse any animal, and don’t endorse any company that does so.
Thanks to Samui Elephant Haven, Sri Nin and her grandson now have the chance to live out their lives in peace, safety, and hilarity.
Watch the funny video in its entirety below:
(Courtesy of Samui Elephant Haven)