I am Kattunayakan.
Kattunayakan means "Kings of the forest."
This is my home, where I belong,
where the wild animals roam free.
This is also the land
where my ancestors lived for generations.
我的天啊 你睡着了吗 孩子？
Oh, my dear. Did you sleep, my child?
How are you?
Come, come here.
Come here, my dear.
Come, come here. Come closer.
Oh, my dear.
Raghu! My baby.
Hey, lie down here.
I am trying to light the fire!
I am not going to marry someone
who's going to be covered with ash.
When I arrived,
the baby elephant was in a very bad state.
He was in a lot of pain, his tail had been
bitten off by stray dogs
and his open wounds
were infested with maggots.
Raghu's mother got electrocuted
and died instantly.
Due to a prolonged drought,
his herd had wandered into a village
in search of food and water.
They tried to reunite Raghu with his herd,
but they were not successful.
Before this baby elephant,
I wasn't officially a caretaker.
When I first met the baby,
he was tugging at my clothes like a child,
and I felt his love.
I decided I would give
this motherless baby a chance.
I am very happy
that the Forest Department assigned Bellie
to work with me to care for Raghu.
She is the only woman currently assigned
to care for baby elephants in Tamil Nadu.
Look over there
beneath the tree, there it is.
There is one more walking down there.
When Raghu arrived here,
he was in bad shape.
Everyone thought he wouldn't survive,
but that is what
gave me faith that he would.
No one knew if Raghu would even survive.
He was in such a bad state.
It was a long
and difficult process to cure Raghu.
But now it feels great to see him healthy.
We've been looking after our baby Raghu
for almost three years now.
This place is an elephant
Orphaned, abandoned and displaced
wild elephants are brought here.
And we take care of them.
My grandfather looked after elephants,
my father looked after elephants,
and I became an elephant caregiver
the day my father died.
Raghu! I've been looking for your bell.
How did you lose it?
You dropped it in the water?
Luckily, I found it in the river!
Don't lose it again!
They wear a bell
so we can hear them
if they get lost in the forest
because we would lose them and they
will not be able to fend for themselves.
Raghu has a friend called Krishna.
Look, Raghu is going over to Krishna!
Raghu can't pluck grass on his own,
and is learning from Krishna.
Raghu got a thorn stuck on his tongue,
and Krishna took it out.
Elephants are meant to be wild.
Watching him with Krishna
brings us much happiness.
There is only so much we can teach them,
and there are things they can only learn
from one of their own kind.
Are you eating soap?
Haven't you tasted soap before?
Hey! You are putting water on me.
Don't splash like that!
Oh, my dear.
Who is it?
What do you want?
Oh, my dear child.
Who is the best elephant? Is it you?
Oh, whose darling is this? Who is this?
We have become a family around Raghu
and we think that's why he survived.
While bringing up Raghu,
we forget about all our other worries.
I have experienced many losses in my life.
My ex-husband was killed by a tiger.
This left me
feeling scared of the forests.
I get scared when I see a tiger.
I am a tribal woman, and our people
come from the heart of the forest.
For us Kattunayakans, the well-being
of the forest is all that matters.
We walk barefoot within it.
This is our way of showing respect.
We're going to climb down that rock there…
We live off the forest,
but we also protect it.
We only take what we need.
Our people do not fear elephants,
that's why we've been
working with them for generations.
I have learned over the many years
of working with elephants
that they are very intelligent
and emotional beings.
But working with elephants
is dangerous in so many ways.
I got stabbed
by my big tusker a while ago.
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