BOON SONG

SCARED OF PEOPLE BUT SHE HAS IMPROVED IN CONFIDENCE SINCE SEPT 2019

Boon Song, 44 yrs

Boon Song spent most of her life as a logging elephant, pulling teak trees from deep in the forest, working in extremely harsh conditions. In 2017, when the logging company in Trang closed down, she was sold into tourism in Phuket.  

When logging elephants change industry, they are cruelly double-trained. When logging, they are fitted with a harness to pull and push logs, but when giving tourist rides, they must endure people climbing on their backs and tolerate strangers up close. Like most elephants, Boon Song was naturally very stressed and aggressive and was labelled a 'difficult' elephant and she has never really accepted people around her. 

We can only tell her story as we know it, but we can tell you now, is how her life has changed now that she has settled into life at Tree Tops.

 

We feel that time stands still when we observe elephants. The world seems to silently tick on by, and watching Boon Song is no exception. When she walks by, we stop in our tracks. We not only appreciate her amazing aura, but we think about the years of hard labour that have caused this elephant to be who she is. At 44 years old, she is still young, and has many years ahead to live peacefully and enjoy her freedom living calmly amongst nature. 

 

She loves to graze quietly by the river, and particularly likes to eat harder foods such as twigs and branches. She also loves to wade into the pond in front of our restaurant to cool down and for refreshing drink from our fresh water troughs positioned in the rocks. If she is cooling in the pond and our family of little ducklings are there, she stands quietly watching who she is sharing her pond with! (see video on this page) For a few precious moments, the largest land mammal on earth and our cute feathered family, simply enjoy each others company as they float around. All creatures great and small living together in harmony. 

 

Boon Song loves to graze quietly by the river. We are still quite wary of her as she still doesn't like other elephants or people but that's ok, as she has all the time in the world to let her mind calm and her body relax into this new world that we have created for her. 

© 2019 Tree Tops Elephant Reserve Co., Ltd

Tree Tops Elephant Reserve Co Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand

OTD No: 34/02390

Tel: (+66) 081-477-2773, 083-105-3488, 086-475-8236, 076-264-378

Fax: (+66) 076 524-809

Email: info@treetopselephantreserve.com

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