Local students spend part of their summer helping some elephants in need

Lynne Adkins
August 17, 2019 - 4:00 am
Samantha Froot and ZaZa

Courtesy of Samantha Froot


DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) —  Nearly three dozen local college students spent part of their summer break in Thailand caring for some elephants in need. 

These elephants had been abused, or were sick and needed a lot of TLC and Samantha Froot says she was a thrill to help.

The recent graduate of Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, and 31 others spent a week at the sanctuary, feeding, medicating and just playing with the gentle giants.

She says her favorite was ZaZa, a lovely lady in her 40's.

“She had such a big personality, but she was a little shy, but she did still come up to us,” she said. “I followed her around all day and I got to watch her go swimming and it was really fun that I got to hang out with her for an entire day.”

Froot says the babies were a blast, so energetic and fun loving, but rather large and not entirely aware of their size or strength.

While Froot says she isn't sure what her future holds, she hopes it has something to do with caring for animals and keeping them safe.