At just 4 years old, Kham Lha is one of the youngest residents at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Thailand, and she's formed a remarkable bond with one staffer in particular—Darrick, her caretaker. So strong is her affection for him, in fact, that she'll brave rushing waters to be Darrick's lifeguard. (Even though Darrick doesn't really need saving.) Kham Lha was one of 19 elephants the sanctuary rescued from the tourism industry in 2015, and was made to endure a cruel training 'crush' at the hands of her captors — so Darrick's love and warmth must have come as a life-changing revelation. It just goes to show that when you rescue an animal, you forge an unbreakable bond that lasts a lifetime!
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