These two elephants, 80-year-old Boonme, and 50-year-old Buabaan, had spent decades working in the logging industry and elephant-trekking trade, where they were forced to work until exhaustion while being bound by chains.
During their horrible past, both elephants gave dozens of people rides on their backs every day. They’d be forced to do it to the point where Boonme collapsed and had to be lifted by a crane so she could get back to work.
Thankfully, they have finally been freed and released to roam free at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The rescue was all thanks to YouTube vlogger and filmmaker, Christian Leblanc, from Canada, who raised thousands of dollars to pay for their release. Leblanc’s upcoming documentary, ‘Black Tusk,’ attempts to educate travelers of the cruelty behind the elephant trekking industry that exists in Thailand.
Boonme and Buabaan now have their own river and mud-bath, and get to spend their days splashing around, playing together, and munching on all the fresh fruit and vegetables that they want.
While at the sanctuary, they made a new elephant friend named BaiCha, and now they are an inseparable trio!
Watch their journey and their first heartwarming moments of freedom in the video below: