The baby elephant along with two adults is forced to dance, play instruments and do tricks, three times a day.
A shocking and extremely disturbing footage has surfaced which is making people question humanity. In the video, a poor baby elephant with its bones sticking out can be seen lifting its one leg up to the sound of rave music, picking up the beat as people cheer in joy. The real-life Dumbo, along with two adult elephants, is forced to bob its head to the music and entertain the tourists at the zoo THREE TIMES A DAY! And, when the animals are not doing so, they are tied in heavy chains, kept in dirty cages and barely fed. Is this torture necessary? Do animals belong in cages? Do humans OWN them? It's 2019, we surely have way better sources of entertainment than THIS.
Makes one wonder what kind of sick people enjoy a traumatized poor baby elephant dancing to the beat because it fears refusal will cost it a few days meal and probably get a beating with huge bullhooks. The trainers at the Thai zoo keep huge metal rods by their side when they 'train' the animals. When the elephants don't act like they are 'supposed' to, the cruel men beat them with sharp hooks and rods, aiming for their sensitive parts.
But, apparently, a lot of people do. In the video, visitors and tourists can be heard laughing, totally amused at the act of the three elephants. Not only that, after the act is done, people pour cash into Dumbo's trunk so that it can pass the money to the mahout. The investigators who caught the deed on camera also noticed that the baby elephant was extremely distressed and kept sucking on its own trunk.
"Tourists’ money pays to keep this young elephant in captivity, and she will spend the rest of her life forced to perform day after day. Shocking photos also reveal her skeletal body, raising concerns of possible malnourishment and exhaustion. We watched as tourists laughed and took selfies, while the baby elephant stood with her eyes closed, quietly sucking her trunk. The cruel life she will endure is heartbreaking," Amy Jones, co-founder of the animal rights group Moving Animals told Independent.
Elephants aren't the only ones who get tortured at the Phuket Zoo. Monkeys, chimpanzees, crocodiles, and many others at the zoo are forced to do tricks for the visitors as well. Tigers and baby tigers are highly drugged so that tourists can come and pay some serious $$$ to take pictures with the wild animals. Several animal lovers have reported the animal abuse which goes on in the facility and are demanding it is shut down.
"This is the most disgusting zoo in the world. The conditions these poor animals are living is sickening! The animals are drugged so you can have a photo taken with them. Saw a tiger which drugs had worn off and he was kept in a tiny 3x3m cage with a cement round bed in the middle, he was angry, roaring & walking arond in constant circles. At the elephant show, the trainers had a sharp metal stick hidden in the palm of their hand that they would stab into the elephant's ear to make them do a trick. The poor animals are sad, dirty, sick, and wounded," a person reviewed the zoo at Trip Advisor and urged people to not go there in 2013!!!
An online petition has been created to free the elephants at the zoo, asking the zoo authorities to move the elephants to a safe sanctuary. "The real-life "Dumbo" is a baby elephant who is forced to perform in unnatural and distressing shows at Phuket Zoo in Thailand. The tiny infant is made to "perform" for tourists up to three-times-a-day in shows that include "raving" to loud music, "playing" musical instruments, and performing tricks," the petition reads.
"No elephant should have to live in such heartbreaking conditions. And "Dumbo" deserves to spend the rest of her life in a place where she can feel happiness and peace. Please sign and share the petition calling for Phuket Zoo to release this baby elephant to an ethical sanctuary immediately. Together, we can give her the life she deserves," it adds. The petition has been signed by over 47,831 people already and you can too play your part and save Dumbo by signing here. We hope for immediate action and the release of all those poor animals suffering at that hell-hole of a zoo, doomed to die a slow painful death. Wild animals belong in the WILD. If you want to entertain yourself, watch a damn movie.