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By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every little thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the exception of something she's continually sought after: a sister. out there someday, Tua makes an unintended acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, extraordinary energy, and a really curious trunk. And whilst Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it is transparent this elephant wishes her aid. jointly, the weird workforce units off on a outstanding trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening industry to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and at last, to the sanctuary of an elephant safe haven, this smart lady and her cherished better half locate that correct less than their noses is precisely what each one has been looking for: a chum.

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Are you hungry? Come,” she stated, taking Tua’s hand, “you needs to inform me all approximately your self and Pohn-Pohn. ” The phrases begun tumbling out of Tua’s mouth as though from the pages of a ebook. Pohn-Pohn fell in step at the back of them, via Kanchanok and Peppy. The little puppy wound round Kanchanok’s toes, jumped on his legs, and begged him to inform her all approximately those strangers. How had he met them? the place did they arrive from? have been they going to stick on the sanctuary? Pohn-Pohn tossed her trunk up and down and backward and forward. She may well odor the musky odor of elephants. It used to be within the air and at the ground—it was once throughout her. She reached out and stroked Tua’s again as though to assert, “Can you scent that? ” Tua reached her hand in the back of her again and squeezed Pohn-Pohn’s trunk. They handed an outdated matriarch in a dirt wallow with colossal, watery eyes. Her again used to be lined in a thick cake of dried dust; a large stripe of wrinkled grey pores and skin ran from her shoulder to her tail; then a dripping layer of vibrant orange dust covered her abdominal and legs like clean paint. She lazily blinked her eyes at Pohn-Pohn, scooped up a trunkful of dust and grass, and tossed it on her head like a bonnet. Pohn-Pohn blinked her eyes and speedy regarded away. a tender elephant with the ideas of a brand new pair of tusks poking out of the corners of his mouth galloped previous them simply then, flapping his ears and flailing his trunk. Peppy yapped on the elephant for slicing them off. The elephant trumpeted a impolite answer over his shoulder, ran as much as the platform forward, then seemed again round at Pohn-Pohn and flapped an apology along with his ears. there have been elephants coming to the platform from all instructions, a few with mahouts and a few with out. yet those mahouts have been assorted from any Pohn-Pohn had ever visible sooner than. They walked along the elephants rather than riding them. None of them carried sticks, or chains, or the pointy, hooked ankus. On best of the platform, humans as busy as ants have been sorting bins of fruit and greens, hauling them to the sting, and hand-feeding the elephants pineapples, mangos, bananas, cucumbers, yams, corn, and items of pumpkin and watermelon as though they have been pampered visitors at a inn. The elephants stored coming. And so did the packing containers. Pohn-Pohn stood again, looking at, listening, and smelling. It was once a most unique position. “Who are some of these humans? ” requested Tua, as she climbed the platform at the back of Mae Noi. “They’re volunteers from around the globe who've come to paintings for the elephants. a few are the following for the day, and a few remain for weeks at a time. We couldn’t get alongside with out them. ” Tua had by no means visible farangs like those earlier than. Tanned, soiled, and sweaty, they have been all working—even the men and ladies! “Volunteers arise from Chiang Mai on a daily basis in vans and vans,” Mae Noi stated. “They cease on the markets alongside the best way to acquire meals for the elephants. It takes loads of fruit and greens to feed this many elephants. we now have our personal gardens, orchards, and fields, too, so there’s continually lots of paintings to be performed. After the elephants have eaten, we take them to the river for a tub.

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