Elephant rushes to protect caretaker under attack

Human beings like to think ourselves as superior to animals — that non-human animals have no feelings, such as love and empathy, and no moral sense, such as altruism.

Again and again, God’s creatures demonstrate otherwise.

Thongsri the elephant is one example.

The 17-year-old elephant lives in a sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In a video that’s gone viral, two of her caretakers pretend to fight. One of the men strikes the other, who falls to the ground.

Watching this, Thongsri charges into battle to rescue her caretaker. The elephant circles the man protectively, using her body to shield him against harm.

H/t Happiest

See these other examples of animal love, empathy, gratitude, and altruism:


18 responses to “Elephant rushes to protect caretaker under attack

  1. If one has grown up on a farm & cared for a variety of animals & fowls, you would no doubt often see & experience such intense creature to human bonding.. City Folks know well – the creature bonding with house cats & pet dogs..

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  2. I loved that video!

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  3. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    For your enjoyment.


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  4. That was really phenomenal. Thanks for bringing it to us.

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  5. Amazing!

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  6. They make great bodyguards!

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  7. Just like a protective momma…!

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  8. Stephen T. McCarthy

    Terrific! Thanks! I loved it.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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  9. Patrick Curtis

    “Human beings like to think ourselves as superior to animals”
    Humans are superior to animals even if animals are sometimes nice.


  10. Elephants have shown an amazing willingness to cooperate with humans, and this shows that, although they remain non-rational animals, have some ability to observe and think and have empathy. Surprisingly enough, cheetahs have also shown these same traits, and can be trained and tamed, at least to some extent.
    We have to stop poachers and come up with some kind of coordinated effort to save these animals from extinction!

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    • While I have to stand firmly with you in regards to poaching, we have to be cautious that we don’t allow the leftists to frame the debate into that which it is not. I am thinking about the giraffe that the woman shot recently, and which went viral on the internet, making it look like she was some kind of monster.
      The truth of the matter was that the giraffe that she shot was a bull giraffe that, while too old to breed with a young female giraffe, would still fight with other male giraffe’s, and had in fact killed 3 other male giraffe’s. So by culling this one old giraffe, the hunter, and the people who take care of the wildlife in that area, were actually protecting the rest of the giraffe population, from being killed or from not being bred and bearing young.
      Much like when the picture of the dentist who shot the elephant went viral, and he was threatened with death, and could not continue to practice dentistry, there is always another side to these things. In order to have the financial resources to fund anti poaching efforts in areas where the number of elephants are in decline, at times they allow a hunter to take an elephant from an area where elephants have a thriving and healthy population. For the right to do that, the hunter pays anywhere from 50,000$ and upwards. Now, that is not on my bucket list, even if I had the financial means to do so. But I won’t judge someone who wishes to do so, especially knowing that he is paying for anti poaching efforts in an area where elephants are at risk. I have never spent a cent on anti elephant poaching, so I really don’t have a right to say anything.
      We also must not allow lies to affect public policy, in regards to how to best protect this planet, whose resources we are called to be good stewards of. To say that the population of polar bears is in decline, when in fact they are at their highest level since 1950, and to attempt to prove it by showing a polar bear swimming on an ice floe that looks like it might drown, is manipulation and wrong. Polar bears are one of the strongest swimmers in the Arctic, and they often swim long distances in search of food or to mate.
      There is enough truth to cause us to desire to take care of animals in danger, that making up lies is just not right.

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    • “although they remain non-rational animals”

      What makes you think elephants are non-rational? “Rational” is defined as “showing clear thought or reason” (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/rational).
      “Reasoning” is defined as “the process of thinking about something in order to make a decision” (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/reasoning).

      Do you not think Thongsri the elephant made the decision to run toward and protect the caretaker?

      Anyone with pet animals know well that they deliberate and choose.

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  11. Sigh. I suppose elephants are as smart as or smarter than our smartest dog pets ( I own 2 paintings executed by elephants). So, consider: Last night my aged (9 yr) and ailing (just survived a life-threatening operation to save her life….50/50 chance) blonde rescue LAB…..sounded the “DANGER-ALERT-BARK-BARK!!!!!!” while allowed out to lay on her front porch pillow (with supervision). R U kiddingme—the alert was about a snake trying to traverse the sandy gutter in our street front. Our Lab was in the dark, 20-30 feet in from where this snake was….inside our 4-ft high wrought iron fencing—as far as I know, she’s never had any experience with snakes. I don’t know HOW OR WHY she alerted, (flashlight revealed that this was probably a garden snake and not a poisonous snake)……how could she have heard anything…maybe she smelled something (????) WHATEVER. She is a marvel IMO. Meanwhile….b/c of my present dog, Maggie, and many who have gone before her who taught me well…..I learned to ALWAYS trust my pets……they see and smell and detect things that I can not……and they are always RIGHT. 🙂 Elephants, who have some sort of intellect that have engendered them to bond with humans for many years….most likely exhibit the same intelligence/empathy/cooperation with humans……

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    • CalGirl,
      I am glad that you were able to get your rescue dog the operation that will hopefully give you many more years together. And it comes as no surprise that she sensed that snake out there. I believe that a dog has eyesight that is about twice as good as ours, and while we used to think that they were color blind, they now know that dogs see some shades of I think blue and yellow. And dogs hear one hundred times better than humans. But their sense of smell is like 100,000 times as good as ours. So if I were a betting person, I would bet that your dog probably smelled and heard the snake.
      I attended the Michigan State Police Academy for one week in between my junior and senior year of high school. While that has been a VERY long time ago, I still remember a lot of the things from that experience. One of the things that we learned was that the dogs that they used for tracking were so good that they could track a person’s scent that had been left for several hours, over a body of water, by the few remaining molecules of scent left hanging about the surface of the lake or river.
      I hate to always keep coming back to this, it seems like I can be a broken record, but it really speaks to me of a Creator who designed all of the animal and insect life and plant life on earth to co-exist in perfect harmony with humans. Otherwise, any mistakes could simply wipe out a species and if it were say, all mosquitos, while it sounds nice, the actual outcome would be bad, as there is a perfect balance, that would be upset.
      Darwinism doesn’t explain a thing for me.

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      • Thanks Pigpen—-Tho’ I still think it’s an almost “super-dog,” unimaginable thing….I accept that you are right about my dog having been able to maybe HEAR that snake crawling along over the piled up dust/dirt in our street gutter (we are in an unicorporated area, no curbs across the street..no paved drives…all their decomposed granite washes down and up against our curb)—and I don’t know if a snake makes a smell…but I can tell you that we can’t disguise her antibiotics and pain-killers in ANYTHING….she smells them coming from the next room!!! So, maybe she also SMELLED something wrong……whatever, she is AMAZING!

        About being able to afford her operation: I am blessed to have a good job, my husband, too. We also pay for health insurance for our pets. I can’t tell you the times I’ve been grateful that we made that choice…we’ve had only rescue dogs….and these last 3 have had very large vet bills. Our Maggie rang up a $3500 bill with this, and we are responsible after the ($25 a month) insurance for only $900–which includes our deductable. When they told me she would either die, or have a 50/50 chance to survive a needed surgery—-I NEVER worried about asking about the cost. I knew I could take the only chance she had to live….and only worry about her, and not money. The company we use is “PetsHealth.” When we call them, they are talking to us from Ohio somewhere. When any of our insured animals pass on….(most of our cats never really use the insurance….and have died of very old age….) they call us personally to talk with us about our pet, and offer spiritual/counseling help if we need it…send us a sympathy card…..They are the best pet health company EVER IMO and I just had to give them a “shout out” here.

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  12. traildustfotm

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