A short video out of Chaing Mai, Thailand showing an adorable young elephant “rescuing” a man in a river has gone viral after it was posted to YouTube.

Darrick Thompson, co-founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, was going for a dip in a river, and Kham Lha, one of the foundation’s rescued baby elephants, was standing on the shore. She mistook him calling out to her from the water as a cry for help and charged into the water to save him by offering her trunk.

Thompson is one of the young elephant’s “favorite people ever” according to CNN.


Kham Lha and her mother Bai Teoy are among the over 70 elephants the foundation has rescued since inception, according to CNN. The duo was rescued in 2015. The Save Elephant Foundation provides elephants a home to roam free and form bonds.