But little did Nwon realize that his time at the sanctuary would be short-lived.
BLES had made an agreement to "lease" each elephant since, at the time, the sanctuary was unable to pay the full amount the owners wanted to sell them permanently. Nwon's former owners apparently took advantage of this agreement, and the sanctuary recently announced that Nwon had been taken back by his former owner and sold to a trekking camp in Surin.
Now the sanctuary is attempting to raise funds with the intention of buying him back for good. After all he's been through, BLES believes it's not fair for Nwon to start a new "career" giving rides to tourists so late in life.