This poor baby elephant, who was forced to bang his head with the rave music for human entertainment, has died.
Dumbo, the elephant, was residing at Thailand’s infamous Phuket Zoo. He performed tricks for tourists at the zoo. However, a heartbreaking video of him being forced to perform went viral last month.
But the saddest story arrived recently. The poor baby has died at the tender age of three. He was suffering from an infection, causing his bag legs to snap with weakness.
This is the video that went viral.
The poor creature was forced to ‘rave’ to the music, ‘play’ musical instruments and perform daily tricks at the zoo. Being of the zoo’s treatment of these elephants, Moving Animals started an investigation on the issue.
But even with the petition that reached over 200,000 signatures and wanted to set the elephant free so he ‘can live in a place where he can feel happiness and peace,’ it was too late.
Dumbo had already become too weak to continue doing tricks or continue living.
Dumbo was suffering an infection in his digestive tract. Even though the zoo knew, the staff didn’t take him to the hospital for 3 days.
According to the vet, “He had an infection in his digestive tract that resulted in [Dumbo] suffering constant diarrhea, which caused other health complications, including the fact that his body was not absorbing nutrients as it should, which made him very weak.”
When asked how Dumbo sustained two broken legs, he said that they were the result of a ‘horrible accident’ and described it as ‘the worst’.
He informed that Dumbo’s front legs got stuck in the mud while he tried to stand on his back legs on dry ground. On April 13th, the poor elephant tried to lift himself out with his back right leg when the weak bone finally gave out.
And when he tried to use his back left leg, that too, broke.
The workers then got him out of the mud. And still didn’t inform the vet about the broken legs.
The zoo vet cared for the poor creature until April 17th. Three days until he was finally taken to a hospital. He couldn’t even stand when he reached the hospital. Dumbo took his last breath on the morning of April 20.
The co-founder of Moving Animals, Amy, said, “This is a tragic and horrific end to Dumbo’s heartbreakingly-short life. His skeletal body clearly suggested that he was unwell and could be suffering from malnourishment and exhaustion.
And yet the zoo did nothing until receiving international criticism. Under their care, this baby elephant broke both of his back legs, and the zoo did not even realize for three days. I can’t bring myself to imagine Dumbo’s suffering during this time.
For Dumbo to die whilst under the so-called ‘care’ and ‘treatment’ of the zoo shows just how neglected these animals are in captivity.
We hope that Dumbo is now finding the peace that he was so cruelly denied in his life and that his tragic story will urge Thai authorities to finally put an end to these outdated animal performances.”
The manager of the zoo, Mr. Pichai, was ‘deeply saddened by Dumbo’s passing,’ and said ‘nobody wants to lose something they love’ claiming ‘we did the best we could do to protect him’.
Moving Animals is now encouraging tourists to boycotts such places completely and report them to authorities instead of visiting them.
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