Lek went to meet Boon Mee and her two old friends, who are all more than 70 years old and still service trekking tourists. She tried to convince the owner to allow us to provide them retirement. All of them have one eye blind.
Luckily, we success to get the old lady Bai Cha freedom. From tomorrow no more saddle on her back again.
Bai Cha’s life is the same as all old elephants, a path with many twists and turns. She is originally from Mae Jeam, and her registered name from the original owner is Kham Noi . Her first owner is of the Karen family and her early life labor was pulling logs for many decades, until the logging ban. Then the owner moved her to work for tourist riding, as with so many other elephants. In the Karen tribe, she was owned by many families and each family switched to use her each year. Record research about Kham Noi shows that she has had a baby but not yet certain how many, although one owner said that she has had 4 babies, which we will try to confirm and locate.
Kham Noi later changed hands and was sold from her home in the North to Surin, and later she was taken to the South of Thailand to work at logging again. After some years, she returned to being a trekker around Southern Thailand for many years. Her latest owner moved her to work in a tourist camp in Pattaya. BaiCha is tired. She is old. She walks slow and her ankles are sore, making it difficult to walk. It is Time for her to come back to her homeland and spend her days remaining in freedom and dignity. We will give to her the best as we can. She has worked enough ! It is time for us to say Enough ! For BaiCha, and for all others who over labor into their Twilight years. Pray for more places of Sanctuary to open and provide a place of respect for the Disappearing Gentle Giant.