Thailand is famous for elephants. Some people use them to attract tourists to ride on their backs, offering smiles and thrills in commerce.
But, after those smiling faces lie an abused elephant, destined to work as a trekker forever. Animal advocates have wanted to break that chain of abuse over the years. One group succeeded in completely breaking it, freeing a pitiful, old mountain-climbing elephant named Khum Min.
Khum Min is an Asian elephant species, one of the most endangered species in the world. When he was born, he was intended to be a trekker and lived in a mountain climbing camp. Sadly, instead of offering him a happy life, his mahout abused him in the camp.
What they do or wherever they go, the elephants in the camp are chained, without freedom. These elephants go old and still be treated like this. It is heartbreaking to see that these majestic creatures are subject to such captivity.
A rescued team grieved over Khum Min’s condition and decided to take him out of the trekking camp. They kindly pulled its chain, led it out while stroking its trunk to show the peace of mind.
They walked with the majestic elephant to the drop area in northern Thailand, talking with the elephant in sweet words to ease his anxiety. They reach the venue, with the elephant standing on a fresh lawn surrounded by nature’s greenery.
With chains all over his legs and neck, Khum Min was diligent in covering himself by the mud. Khum Min could scoop with his long trunk. Following discussion for a while, the rescuers were ready to free him by removing the leash around him.
When one person is trying to unscrew the chain from the neck, others are standing beside, massaging its trunk to ease the elephant’s anxiety with kind words.” You are a handsome guy, right? You will live a luxurious life. “That was the easy part. However, the chain still wrapped around the elephant’s legs.
In the end, with a bit of trouble on one leg, the team was able to untie every chain that was entangled with him. The moment the chains fell on the ground, the elephant took the first step alone without anyone telling him.
It was a delightful time for him and everyone around. Who knows how many years those rusty chains have been worn on him?
No need to worry, though, as he can finally be called free. Later, he was taken to other elephants in a remote village, hoping that they would breed to preserve his species.
The Asian elephant is one of the elephant species in desperate need of protection. They are victims of poaching and habitat loss, endangering their lives and entire populations around the world. Besides, there is only a rough estimation of 30000 to 50000 Asian elephants globally, only a fraction of other species.
Hopefully, these majestic creatures will slowly save themselves from extinction by breeding them. Please SHARE this with your friends and family.