Meet Kabu, a magnificent elephant from Thailand who has a heartwarming story of hope and compassion. After years of suffering mistreatment and living in deplorable conditions, Kabu’s life took a remarkable turn in 2017. Don’t miss the video at the end!
For more than twenty years, Kabu worked hard in a mountain village, carrying heavy logs through difficult terrain.
Despite her injured leg, Kabu was forced to work relentlessly by her owner, causing her limp to worsen over time. To make matters worse, her owner even rode on her back despite her condition. Fortunately, Kabu’s ordeal came to an end when she was rescued and finally received the care and attention she deserved. However, Kabu’s story runs much deeper than her physical injuries. Lek Chailert, the founder of Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, played a vital role in Kabu’s rescue and revealed that she had tragically lost both of her children at a young age. One of her offspring was sold to a tourist camp, while the other met a tragic fate during a brutal training process known as “training crush.” This cruel practice involves confining and beating young elephants in cages to domesticate them for labor. Lek Chailert and her team of volunteers embarked on a challenging mission to bring Kabu to the Elephant Nature Park, a renowned sanctuary for mistreated elephants in Thailand. The journey was long and exhausting, lasting 12 hours by truck. Despite the scorching heat, the rescuers provided Kabu with comfort by offering her bananas, tamarinds, and showers to help ease her suffering.
It is unfortunate to note that animal cruelty is a widespread problem in Thailand, specifically in the exploitation of elephants for tourism purposes. According to Chailert, rescued elephants typically struggle with profound emotional problems that necessitate extended care and assistance to enable them to recover and live well. Kabu, upon arriving at the park, displayed trepidation and uncertainty, which is not surprising given her circumstances. However, her fellow elephants gave her a warm and reassuring welcome, which helped alleviate her fears and anxieties. To witness Kabu’s heartening transformation and assimilation into her new environment, please watch the video below.