But sometimes he played favourites and Pallattu Brahmadathan, the mahout would treat the gentle giant as if he were his own son and shared a bond unlike any other with him.
The man passed away on June 3 from cancer, but before that he told his people that he had one last wish and you guessed he wished to see his favorite elephant one last time.
Even though the man passed away before getting his wish come true his favorite elephant did travel 15 miles away over the course of 2 hours to pay respects at his funeral.
Damodaran took care of the elephant since 1996 who is also known as Omanchetan.
The duo had a truly special bond with each other and visited many festivals together in Kerala, India.
During the funeral Brahmadathan raised his trunk and reached out to Damodaran’s body while onlookers were brought to tears.
“When Brahmadathan lumbered to the funeral I couldn’t bear it. They loved each other like anything,” said the elephant’s handler, as reported by the Daily Mail.
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Rajesh Palattu, the elephants owner spoke to IANS about the emotional heart melting moment and said, as quoted by Manorama Online, “Brahmadathan touched the body of Damodaran Nair with his trunk and then raised his trunk and lowered it and was indeed paying his last respects to the departed mahout. This led to the wife of Omanakuttan breaking down and we were all moved with tears rolling down our cheeks. It was one of the most trying parting moments one could witness.”
Continuing to speak about their relationship, Rajesh went on to say, “The bond and love between the two – Damodaran Nair and Brahmadathan was one to watch and emulate.”
While speaking to The News Minute, Rajesh revealed, “Until last week, Omanachettan was active as Brahmadathan’s mahout. They developed a deep relationship over the past many years. He considered Brahmadathan as his son.”
A few days before passing away the mahout’s health quickly took a turn for the worse, Rajesh had paid a visit to him moments before passing away and the old man expressed his wish to see his beloved elephant one last time.
Just moments after whispering his last wish the dedicated mahout passed away.
“We decided to fulfill his last wish,” Rajesh went on to say.
He accompanied the elephant for the 15-mile journey from his house to where thebody was kept.
Those at the funeral witnessed the emotional goodbye that the elephant gave to his friend, the moment was shared in social media and went viral.
Rajesh went on to say, “In my opinion, it was the best honor for Omanachettan. We considered Omanachettan as our family member. Brahmadathan, too, is our family member. It was a special relationship between the elephant and mahout. He was known for his skill in training elephants.”