Peace and friendship at Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary
Beautiful Lotus, Wassana and Pang Dow show us the meaning of sisterhood
In the wild, female elephants often stay with their family for life – roaming their habitat in closely bonded, matriarchal herds of anywhere up to 100 mothers, sisters and calves.
These uniquely intelligent creatures display deep emotion and great affection for one another - they have even been observed mourning when a member of the herd passes away.
For elephants sold into the cruel entertainment industry however, it’s a different story. When they’re not giving rides or entertaining crowds of tourists, they’re often chained up all alone. The isolation breaks their hearts.
Wassana, Beautiful Lotus and Pang Dow all lived separate lives of loneliness, abuse, and back-breaking labour in the entertainment industry and illegal logging. But when they were rescued by Boon Lott’s elephant sanctuary (BLES), these girls found each other.
Now they go everywhere together. They eat, swim, rest and play together. They’re never alone. The trio even has a private language – they can be heard squeaking and trumpeting to each other wherever they are. Sanctuary staff call them ‘the Gossip Girls’.
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