A Just-Rescued Elephant Happy When Her Necklace Was Removed
Thousands of Asian elephants are kept in trekking camps around the world, where they are trained to be docile enough to offer rides for tourists, the daily work goes through the lives of the innocent elephants. Although they desperately want to escape the abuse, some elephants are able to. But one elephant has recently escaped from his captors.
At the age of 40, Gan Da doesn’t seem to remember much of her life before working in the trekking camp, as she has spent most of her life there. She was likely trained using the same ʜᴀʀsʜ ᴛᴀᴄᴛɪᴄ as everyone else, a method called “crushing” no one knows how harsh the ᴘᴀɪɴ elephants must have gone through, but they will certainly not have a free life, like wild elephants.
So it was no small cause to celebrate when an Australian woman agreed to fund the rescue and relocation of Gan Da to the refuge so she could finally have a taste of freedom. A very meaningful action, for its life years later.
Tom Taylor, manager of the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Center & Elephant Refuge, said: “We have been contacted by her owner who wanted her to retire from the tourism industry. Fortunately, we had a recent fundraiser for elephants in Sydney, Australia, which allowed us to rescue her.”
So, this week, Gan Da’s necklace was removed, and she was loaded onto a delivery truck towards an exciting new chapter in her life. From nơ, she can be freedom. Everyone a round her felf happy with her. She was escorted to the reserve, but a glimpse in one photo shows her wagging her tail as the truck sped off the highway towards her new home.
The people at the refuge were there to greet her and show her around her new home, lush with grass and trees that she would be free to explore.
After a long journey from northern Thailand, Gan Da was pleased to step out of the truck , Gan Da spent the first day free adjusting to her new life.
We hope more and more elephants will be rescued form circus and trekking camps aroud the world, they will be freedom like her.