• Elephant Faamai falling asleep to the mellifluous voice of her caretaker, Lek. (YouTube)Source: YouTube
A soothing lullaby can do wonders not just for human babies, but for elephants as well, according to this video.
Shami Sivasubramanian

25 May 2016 - 12:15 PM  UPDATED 25 May 2016 - 12:15 PM

A good lullaby can put the most restless of children to sleep. But an adult elephant? You'd think not.

Well, one female elephant, Faamai, located at Save the Elephant Foundation in Thailand has proven that notion wrong.

A video of Faamai falling asleep after her caretaker, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, sang her a Thai lullaby was published on Monday by the YouTube channel elephantnews.  It shows the enormous Faamai first pulling the tiny Lek towards her for what appears to be a hug, and then drowsily lying down to take a nap as the soothing lullaby washes over her.

Lek, an award-winning animal conservationist who runs the sanctuary and has been advocating for elephant conservation for several years now, has been featured in National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet, and BBC documentaries.

She even shares her passion for Thailand's national symbol through her social media platforms. The video below shows how Lek co-sleeps with baby elephants to help them feel safe and relaxed.

"Not just only human babies need that. Elephant want that part too," the video's caption reads.

Though there is little scientific study on whether elephants - or indeed any animals - actually respond to music, other animals have been known to enjoy a good tune, and even hum to themselves.

Last September, three European zoos recorded giraffes making low frequency hums at night, though the reason behind the hums was undetermined.

And earlier this year, a study showed gorillas compose happy tunes which they sing to themselves just before or during meal time.

Either way, there's no denying how adorable the video above is. Sweet dreams, Faamai!

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