A tourist captured a young elephant calf collapsing in the heat while being tied to his mother, who was riding tourists at the time
Humans can be extremely selfish, and very often, animals are subjected to their cruelty and abuse.
Even though numerous animal rights organizations are passionately fighting to restore animals’ dignity, wellbeing, and freedom, unfortunately, many of them are still exploited, neglected, and maltreated in various ways in all four corners of the world.
A Filipino tourist, who works as a teacher in Myanmar, shared a video of an elephant calf collapsing while being tied to its mother that was riding tourists in the heat.
Back in May 2019, the woman visited the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens in Pattaya located in Eastern Thailand.
The elephant calf was about a year old, and while his mother was giving rides to tourists, it was tied to her with a rope around its neck. It eventually collapsed due to “exhaustion”, and in the video, it is seen laying on the ground, as temperatures approached a searing 40 degrees Celsius.
Onlookers commented that the calf looked tired, but it eventually gets up and scampers away to keep up with his mother.
The tourist, who was on a vacation with friends, reported that the poor little elephant was clearly on its last reserves of strength from walking around the area collecting tourists who pay to ride its mother.
It is unclear for how long the elephants were exposed to the heat while transporting tourists at the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.
The woman explained:
“There are many more baby elephants tied with their mother walking around with tourists at their backs enjoying under the heat of the sun while these elephants are suffering. This one baby elephant was so exhausted, and you can see the mother comforting and encouraging her to stand. I’m just concerned for the elephants and want to ensure their welfare is properly taken care of.”
Yet, a spokesman for the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens refused to believe that the calf has been mistreated or tired, adding:
“All of the elephants are healthy and treated very well. If there is a problem they are treated by vets. All of the babies here are healthy.”