Baby elephant dies after back legs snap while performing tricks for tourists

Baby elephant dies after back legs snap while performing tricks for tourists

An elephant dubbed ‘the real-life Dumbo’ has passed away while being forced to dance in front of the tourists in Thailand. It was earlier this year when the little elephant made the headlines. Back then, the charity organization ‘Moving Animals’ shared footage of him being made to dance to rave music in Phuket’s Zoo in Thailand, Newsner reports.

Even a petition was launched in an effort to rescue the poor elephant. And it quickly garnered in excess of 200,000 signatures. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Moving Animals has now revealed that the elephant’s back legs became so weak that they snapped while he was dancing. He passed away in less then a week later.

The 3-year-old elephant was forced to perform up to three times a day. Unfortunately that was too much, leading to exhaustion. The zoo’s stuff took him to the hospital, but sadly three days later he was gone.

The co-founder of Moving Animals, Amy Jones, said:

“This is a tragic 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 realise for three days. I can’t bring myself to imagine Dumbo’s suffering during this time. We hope that Dumbo is now finding the peace that he was denied in his life, and that his story will urge Thai authorities to finally put an end to these outdated animal performances

“No animal deserves to repeat Dumbo’s tragic story!”

The vet tasked with treating Dumbo after the incident explained that his front legs had become stuck in mud while he was holding himself up on his back legs.

“First, he tried to lift himself out with his back right leg, but the bone was too thin and too brittle, and the stress on it caused it to break, ” she told The Phuket News. “So, he tried to push himself out of the mud with his back left leg, and that broke, too.”


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