In the animal kingdom, friendships can arise from any species and don’t differentiate in size or color. Although there are species that due to the order of the food chain do not get along. The rest have no reason not to relate, especially if they come from difficult situations. They seem to realize that they have suffered in some way and quickly create connections.
Boon Thong was an elderly elephant who was also brought here. Boon Thong was in her 60s at that time and she was rescued 5 years earlier. Her life before the time at BLES was repetitive days of carrying passengers, for over 30 years. That was quite a long time and it ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛᴇᴅ her. On the day she came to BLES, she was in poor condition.
Pancake was once a homeless dog ᴡᴀɴᴅᴇring amongst the streets in Thailand, but now she is an irreplaceable member of Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES).
Despite that Pancake had nothing in common with Boon Thong, she somehow fitted in perfectly well with the life among the elephants at the sanctuary. Pancake and her elephant friend – Boon Thong developed a close-knit relationship with each other.
A few years later, having experienced ᴅᴇʟɪɢʜᴛful times in her life, Boon Thong took her final breath. This time, she didn’t have any friends of her species around, but she had people, who always loved and cared for her.
Pancake, along with Katherine Connor, decided to stay with Boon Thong until her final moment. They sat silently together for hours, recalling every piece of memory, from the first day they came to meet each other.
For nine hours in a row, they didn’t leave Boon Thong for a single second, their genuine love and sympathy were more valuable than anything in this world. “Pancake, with that beautiful heart of hers, did not leave Katherine or Boon Thong once,” BLES wrote on Fᴀᴄᴇʙᴏᴏᴋ. “She knew she was needed, to offer support and she quietly lay beside Boon Thong, until sunset — until the final breath.”
The sanctuary conducted a formal fᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ for Boon Thong. They laid her ᴅᴏᴡɴ beside the other friends of her kind to reunite her with the ones she loved; they also surrounded her body with fruits and flowers and wished her all the best wishes.
Elephants are incredible creatures. They are highly smart, have a good memory, and also have emotions just like humans. Take hands to protect these beautiful creatures of the forest.