Name: Pang Suai
Meaning of Name: ‘suai’ in Thai means ‘beautiful’
Age: Now in her 40s (” …in her 30s” when she arrived at BLES in 2009.)
Personality: “large and strong”
Formerly: Logging elephant
Hardships Endured: leg broken completely in two & most likely never medically attended to
Where Now: Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary
Location: near the village of Baan Tuek in Sukhothai, North Thailand
Pang Suai : For Photos of this elephant see them at: Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary “Meet Our Elephants”
Adopt Pang Suai the elephant
One might say that Pang Suai is a survivor. This elephant has shown strength not only in the physical sense to endure a life as a logging elephant . But Pang Suai’s real strength shone through when she was forced to continue her work, as commanded by her owner, despite having suffered “a serious accident” which left her “right hind leg” completely broken in two. Pang Suai found the emotional strength to live through such suffering and pain. As Katherine Connor of BLES wrote, “miraculously” the elephant’s leg healed over time leaving Pang Suai with only a slight limp today.
By 2010 BLES had secured the funds to rescue this sweet elephant. In January of that year Pang Suai could finally call Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary her home! In both Pang Noi and Pang Tong, “as ex-logging elephants themselves” she found a kindred spirit . And true to her elephant self, upon her arrival, she chose to mother the little elephant, Star, as an “Auntie”. Elephants may never forget, but they are so forgiving, it seems.
See how Pang Suai has taken to her life as an elephant at BLES over the years:
Watch Facebook Video “Pang Suai Walks the Walk”
Watch YouTube Video “Pang Suai”
Boon LottsBLES Films YouTube Channel