Two elephants, 80-year-old Boonme, and 50-year-old Buabaan have spent decades working in the logging industry and elephant-trekking trade. The poor animals were forced to work until they were exhausted while being bound by chains.
Both elephants also gave dozens of people rides on their backs every day. They were 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.
The two have finally been freed and released to roam at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thanks to YouTube vlogger and filmmaker, Christian Leblanc, from Canada, when he raised thousands of dollars to pay for their release. In Leblanc’s upcoming documentary, ‘Black Tusk,’ he attempts to educate travelers of the cruelty behind the elephant trekking industry that is ongoing in Thailand.
Boonme and Buabaan get to spend their days splashing around, playing together, and munching on all the fresh fruit and vegetables that they want.
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:
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