So when the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary reached her, she was clearly on her last legs. In fact, a vet attending the rescue reported that Baan Yen must not have slept for about a week, based on her signs of depression.
Therefore, Baan Yen must have suffered extensively at her old home. For example, it seemed that her owners had forced her to breed for several years with a bull elephant. As a result, by the time she was rescued Baan Yen even feared her own kind.
Thankfully, the intervention from the sanctuary was vital in saving her. But even as Baan Yen reached the sanctuary, she was desperately unwell. In fact, sanctuary staff reported that she was still “weak and dehydrated” days after she arrived.