Pawaret is an 11-year-old boy in Compassion’s program in Thailand. He has an unusual family member. In addition to his grandfather, mom, dad, two brothers and sister, Pawaret’s family includes a 6,000-pound elephant named Onemai!

Pawaret and his family live in a jungle neighborhood in Thailand. He rides Onemai and also helps care for her.

“Every morning, I’ll go with my father and sometimes my grandfather to see Onemai. I take her to the stream for a drink and a bath. Later, I bring her to the field close to my house to feed her. Then, I bring her back to the forest in the afternoon, where I have to be with her until evening.”

Fun Fact: The Asian elephant is the largest land mammal on the continent of Asia!




Do you want an elephant like Onemai? Now you can craft one! Here’s how to turn a recycled milk jug into an adorable Asian elephant.