Elephants Celebrate Freedom After Decades of Forced Labor in Thailand

In a heartwarming turn of events, two elephants, Boonme and Buabaan, have been released from a lifetime of forced labor in Thailand’s logging and elephant trekking industries.

After being chained and worked to the point of exhaustion for up to 80 years, the pair now enjoy their days at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.

Their liberation was made possible through a significant fundraising effort led by 23-year-old Canadian YouTuber and filmmaker Christian Leblanc, who helped raise the necessary funds for their release.

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Watch the video at the end.

The moment elephants kept as slaves for up to 80 years were finally released to roam free in Thailand. Source: Daily Mail
Boonme and Buabaan have spent most of their lives working in the logging industry and elephant trekking trade, where they were forced to work until exhaustion while being bound by chains. Source: Daily Mail

Boonme, 80, and Buaban, 50, can now be seen splashing, playing, and feasting on fresh fruits and vegetables in their new sanctuary, which includes a river and mud bath.

The once-mistreated elephants have formed a close bond with another elephant named BaiCha, and the trio is now inseparable.

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After a major funding campaign, they have finally been freed from their owners and released into Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Source: Daily Mail
The rescue was made possible with the help of YouTube vlogger and filmmaker Christian Leblanc (pictured), 23, from Canada. He helped to raise thousands of dollars to pay for their release. Source: Daily Mail
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Before their rescue, the elephants were forced to give numerous people rides daily, often causing them great distress. Boonme collapsed at one point and had to be lifted with a crane to continue working.

To rescue the elephants, Christian, and his team embarked on a 15-hour truck journey to Surin, where the pair was found. The elephants were then transported to the Elephant Nature Park in specially designed trucks, a trip that took 23 hours.

To reach the pair, Christian and his team traveled by truck for 15 hours to a town called Surin. Source: Daily Mail
The elephants were purchased for thousands of dollars before being transported to the Elephant Nature Park in custom-made trucks. Source: Daily Mail

The rescue mission is part of Christian’s upcoming documentary, “Black Tusk,” which aims to raise awareness about the cruelty inherent in the trekking elephant industry that thrives in Thailand.

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By exposing the inhumane treatment of elephants in trekking camps and entertainment parks, Christian hopes to help end their suffering and promote responsible elephant tourism.

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