Last Moments Together Next To Our Lovely Elephant, Goodbye To Our Friend

Earlier today, the remarkable and sagacious Boon Thong passed away peacefully, accepting that the moment had come for her to release her grip on life.

Dog and sanctuary founder comforting dying elephant

Boon Thong, a treasured elephant who called BLES sanctuary home for five memorable years, has peacefully left us. During her time at the sanctuary, she relished the freedom to roam the forests and make her own choices, accompanied by her devoted mahout, Phi Gom. Known for her regal demeanor, Boon Thong had a special routine involving vitamin balls crafted by Luke, the sanctuary owner’s youngest son. Watching Luke struggle to hold the sticky rice balls before offering them to her, Boon Thong would patiently await her treat. She would then delicately savor each bite, leading onlookers to ponder if she was simply enjoying Luke’s company for as long as possible.

Dog comforting elephant friend

Boon Thong was a creature of habit, sticking to a familiar routine whenever we strolled around. Without fail, she would head straight to her preferred spots in the release areas. There, she’d rub herself against a particular tree, then pause at a specific spot in the stream to coat herself in mud like clockwork.

Dog comforting elephant

During our time at BLES, we couldn’t help but be entranced by the incredible Boon Thong. Despite her small stature and numerous scars, she never failed to impress us with her incredible resilience and unwavering determination. Her soft demeanor masked a strong inner strength that never ceased to amaze us. It was bittersweet to bid farewell to Boon Thong, but we were grateful for the five unforgettable years we had the privilege of witnessing her remarkable journey.

Sanctuary founder comforting elephant

I spent the entire day by her side, caressing her legs and stroking her coarse hair. I whispered soothing words into her ears while wiping away both her tears and my own. It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone we love, even when it’s their time to move on peacefully.



Boon Thong has now found a peaceful spot beside Sontaya, Permpoon, Sao Noi, and Naamfon. Together, these five stars will always sparkle in our hearts, symbolizing the everlasting friendships we share. Boon Thong, may you keep moving forward with your own special pace, venturing through expansive fields and towering grasslands that seem to stretch on endlessly.

Rescued elephant getting buried with flowers

May your soul forever soar, my beloved Boon Thong. Sending you endless love and blessings. xx

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