Everyday I intend to post an update but surprisingly there has been no time. My day starts at 6am. I am sure that those who know me laugh at the thought of me rising with the sun as I am a natural night owl. But the change is good.
Karl and I start with Chang Yim’s morning training sesson and then accompany “the family” out to the habitat for morning observations. I have started trimming feet in the afternoon, followed by two more training sessions.
In between there are feeds, trips to the river for elephant baths and opportunities for the public to view the elephants. And there are always unscheduled occurrences and visitors that fill in the gaps of what otherwise would be extra time each day.
Chang Yim is fabulous. He is responding exceptionally to the training game as you would expect from such an intelligent boy.
The sticky rice balls used for his reward is an effective motivator. He has learned to target his head and front feet. Today we started teaching him to target his side and added holding the different positions for a few seconds. Chang Yim is doing great and so is Karl!