He went to a camp in Surin where he was forced to give rides to tourists.
"Right now, as I type this post, Nwon has a chair strapped to his back and he is being forced to carry tourists around," BLES wrote. "Nwon is without question, confused, frightened and stressed."
For weeks, he lived his old, sad life, working all day in the sun. Little did he know, rescuers were rallying to get him back. The people at BLES started a fundraising campaign to buy Nwon's freedom for good.
Finally, they raised $24,000 from over 600 donations - and Nwon's freedom was won.