On the 12th of November 2023, we woke up to shocking news that left us wandering around in disbelief. It is with pain that we share the tough news of Kanoon, the bull elephant we rescued three months ago, passing away. We are waiting for the vet's results for the exact cause, as his leg and tongue swelled last night.
Kanoon, our first elephant rescue, served as a beacon for all elephants suffering in the tourism industry. He left an indelible mark on all our hearts. And even though our time with Kanoon was tragically short, we choose to remember the positive impact, the inspiration, the hope he has given us during those three months. From rescuing him from the garbage dump to welcoming him to his bufbaconfet, showing us his relief... to the moment we took his chains off. The moments of joy, signs of improved well-being, and the love shared with Kanoon will be etched in our memories forever. Kanoon was, is and will continue to be the reason we push forward every day.
To all the incredible Unchainers (our rescuers and supporters), we are forever grateful for giving Kanoon the chance to live his remaining three months in freedom, as an elephant should, with love, care, and a herd. If you have any questions, please feel free to DM us, email us, or chat with us.
Instead of being discouraged and halting our efforts, we WILL continue to educate travelers, rescue Kham Phaeng (faster than ever before), and work towards launching an educational program for local elephant owners to change their ways, to honor Kanoon. This will be a lasting tribute to the impact he had on our lives and, we're certain, on the lives of all of you, Kanoon’s Unchainers (rescuers).
Thank you so much for standing behind us. Your continued support means the world to us.
Vicki, Daniel, Susan, Imogen, Damien & The Unchained Elephants Team.