Sook Jai’s life is much the same as every captive elephant, working many different jobs over the course of their lives, some more arduous than others, all an affront to their dignity. Sook Jai’s life passed through the hands of a number of men.
She moved from job to job and from one place to another, working relentlessly until falling down. Sook Jai had the good fortune of being found by a caring soul who wanted to help to change her life. She was twice lucky when Joan Baez chose to help sponsor SookJai to living free from cruelty for the rest of her life .
As for many rescues , it does not always proceed readily, but much time must be spent talking with the owner and to manage with the ministry papers for health and legal matters.
Finally the day came to take her journey and when we arrived in the Park , Sook Jai reached up her trunk to smell her new home, sending low rumbles out into the field, tears running down her face.
A peaceful life is hers now.