Elephant cried as he was rescued from 50 years of torture

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Elephant cried as he was rescued from 50 years of torture

Post by Eleanor on Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:32 pm

http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/07/07/elephant-weeps-rescued-50-years-of-torture-india/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D277026

I'm trying really hard not to cry at this. sad That poor thing!

It's well worth the read. He has a happy ending.
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Re: Elephant cried as he was rescued from 50 years of torture

Post by Shisa on Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:47 pm

Glad he ha gone somewhere he can at least have peace in his golden years.
The elephants in India have a very raw deal. I saw a documentary once on how they start to train the babies to haul logs.
It's Stokholm Syndrome that makes those elephants work IMAO.


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Re: Elephant cried as he was rescued from 50 years of torture

Post by Eleanor on Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:08 pm

That, and pure fear. They don't know, or have the spirit left to do, any different.

How anybody could abuse an animal is just beyond my imagination, let alone such a majestic, intelligent animal. Elephants are far more emotionally similar to humans than most animals. We could learn so much from just watching them.
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Post by LyndaW on Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:23 pm

I try not to anthromorphise animals so suspect that Raju's tears were stress induced.

But I am SO glad that he has been freed from his torture - are those spiked shackles legal in India? Absolutely disgusting.

Poor elephant - I hope he enjoys the rest of his days in peace and contentment.
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Post by Eleanor on Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:23 pm

Elephants can actually cry, Lynda! happy Surprising, but true.

Legal or not, who is there to stop them? sad
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Post by Caryll on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:19 pm

Research has pointed to elephants being one of the few animals that can actually cry!

Eleanor wrote:
Legal or not, who is there to stop them? sad

That, unfortunately, is true. The authorities either don't see it, or turn a blind eye - it's just an elephant after all. sad 

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Post by Eleanor on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:21 pm

And they make such a vast amount of money for Mahouts via tourism, not many people want to risk losing that. sad
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Post by Caryll on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:25 pm

That as well.

I really can't abide animal cruelty! angry 

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Post by Eleanor on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:25 pm

Me neither. sad
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