Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated the early birth of Pung Sangduan, a female baby elephant, the second birth there this year.
On Oct 13 at 9am, MD Kampol Tansajja performed the Kwan (good spirit) ceremony to give good karma to the infant, born 3 months before schedule on Oct 2 at 1.15am to 16-year-old mother Plai Maimuang and 19-year-old father Pung Sangdao.
Phra Khru Kasemkittisophon, Abbot of Wat Samakkeebanpot, chanted verses of the Buddha’s auspicious victories, anointed the baby’s forehead, sprinkled holy water, and named her, “Pung Sangduan”.
Park executives, 9 elephants, dancers, tom-toms and a brass band participated in the ceremony to welcome the new family member at the Nong Nooch elephant camp.
Both baby and mother elephant are healthy and are under the care of a veterinarian team.
Kampol said the baby can look forward to a life of entertainment in captivity. “When the baby grows up, it will be trained to be a smart elephant to show tourists,” he said.