THANK YOU FOR THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR BAAN YEN.
We are overwhelmed with the hundreds upon hundreds of messages that we have received both locally here in Thailand and around the world for beautiful Baan Yen. She passed away just two days ago and whilst her death will take time to accept, your heartfelt messages have shown us just how much Baan Yen meant to you all.
There is a solemn air at the sanctuary but we have our daily tours and our other adorable elephants to focus on which is getting us through. Our mahouts are heartbroken at loosing one of their elephants, and Khun Nong, our tour guide, brought about a one minute silence at the Tree Top Reception yesterday for our guests and all of us at the sanctuary to remember Baan Yen. There were many tears.
What comes from losing an elephant is a grief, heartache, pain, and emptiness, mixed with completely opposite emotions, particularly anger. Baan Yen worked hard her entire life and it leaves us asking ourselves why should these intelligent, majestic animals be so badly mistreated by humans that they die of their injuries.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is here to offer tourists an alternative elephant experience. We are a home for sick, injured and old elephants that have reached the end of their working lives. We are a true sanctuary where the needs of our elephants come first and where people from every corner of the world can visit us to learn about and observe elephants just being elephants.
Baan Yen is a symbol for the many elephants who are working their whole lives for tourism entertainment.
She was deeply loved, she knew she was in a safe place, her soul is now free, and her memory will live on with us forever.
This photo we feel captures Baan Yen so perfectly. It was taken by Jessica.J Photography who visited us recently. *For anyone wishing to read Baan Yen's story from the day of her rescue on 14th December 2016, please put the hashtag #baanyenelephant into the Facebook or Instagram search and all her posts will be listed. 📸 @jessica.jphotography
Thank you again.
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