One of the highlights of 2013 came in the summer. We were absolutely honoured to be a part of the rescue of a beautiful old lady Boon Thong. She was living at a trekking camp in Pattaya, she spent her days chained on a very short chain and living in filthy conditions. Her every move controlled; a miserable life. She had wounds on her body from poor care and hook induced injuries. Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary (www.blesele.org) had been to see her and of course the decision was made for her to be rescued and to live out her years in absolute bliss at BLES. We went to rescue this gorg..
On 4th February Somsri made her long journey to start her new life at Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary, I had decided to travel to Thailand to be with her. We were a large group; Katherine Connor, her husband Anon, their three children, the Mahouts and housekeepers, not forgetting Fa and also joined by Louise Rogerson founder of EARS ( www.earsasia.org )
Following a day filled with sorting out paperwork it was finally time to leave in the evening. Somsri had been waiting patiently for us all day and now it was time for her to get on the truck to begin her long journey. She was calm and dignifi..
We have recently returned from a sourcing and buying trip in Thailand. It was a very successful trip from a business point of view. We found so many beautiful new products that we would like to have in the coming year. However I think the highlight of this trip was finding Somsri.
Her name means gentle lady and she certainly lives up to her name. When we found her she was very sick and hardly able to walk. She is in a working camp and her current owners have only had her for 9 months, after 6 months she ended up in the hospital. Following a hard life, much of which she has spent on the stre..