“Located in Northern Thailand, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural environment for Thai elephants. They care for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 200 acres of forested land. There are no performances — just elephants being elephants.”
Wassana (Fortune) was rescued by Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES). This beautiful elephant was discovered by accident when BLES founders Katherine and Anon were following up on a call about a baby elephant living in unacceptable conditions.
When they took a wrong turn, they found Wassana limping due to an old land mine injury which had blown away half of her foot. She was crying from the pain being inflicted on her by the mahout’s huge hook. Blood dripped down her face and there were numerous stab marks puncturing her forehead. Katherine and Anon knew that this cruelty must come to an end.
After many twists and turns, negotiations and a long nine hour transport, Wassana reached BLES, her new home.
From BLES’s web page:
~Wassana greeted Katherine with a long stare. She lowered her head, lifted her maimed foot and rubbed it gently with her trunk. Katherine knew what Wassana was trying to tell her. Katherine stroked Wassana’s cheek and whispered into her ear, “Don’t worry my Darling. There is no work for you here. Just food, friends, and freedom”.~
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a happy ever after ending for our big cousin Tony? Each day our Friend Tony sits lonely and depressed at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, LA. Tony has to endure truck fumes, noise and bright lights. He is confined to a small cement cage with no water to cool off. He does not have any enrichment activities or meaningful interaction of any kind.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our cousin Tony could one day roll in the grass and jump into a pool of water at a Sanctuary like Big Cat Rescue?
Friends, please do not forget about Tony. Sign the petition. Urge the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to not Renew the Permit for the Truck Stop to keep Tony. Let your voice be heard.
Maybe some day just like Wassana, with the love and support of many people,Tony will get to live a happily ever after too with no more suffering.
Just Food, Friends and Freedom.