Elephants are extremely intelligent, as most people are aware. But few people know how abundant their emotions are.
Sook Jai is a special elephant. She is now over 73 years old and has had a tragic past. She has been abused for many years and was only released a few years ago.
Sook Jai was made to perform as a begging elephant on the streets of Thailand when she was a small child.
She experienced decades of abuse as she changed owners.
Her owner discovered she was no longer useful to him when she was in her late 70s.
Fortunately, when she was about to be thrown away by her owner, the Elephant Nature Park found out about her.
At the earnest pleas of the organizers, her owner also agreed to hand her over to them.
We were horrified by the rescuers’ findings when they examined Sook Jai after removing her from her cruel owner.
Sook Jai had endured years of terrible treatment, as shown by the numerous scars and even recent wounds covering her body.
They prepared transportation to send her to a refuge because she was almost entirely deaf and fully blind.
After covering her for safety, they placed her on the back of a vehicle and left.
The rescuers started tending to some of her recent wounds throughout the journey.
Following that, they stuffed food inside Sook Jai’s compartment. She refused to eat. Still afraid of getting wounded, she was unwilling to take the chance of eating for fear of angering the humans.
They proceeded to care for her, shower her with water, cover her fully, and express their love for her.
Sook Jai started to understand something at that moment. She started to believe that she wouldn’t be mistreated by the new folks.
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Naturally, she was still frightened after experiencing such abuse.
Sook Jai started to think she was safe while the vehicle kept moving, though. And she had an emotional response.
The rescuers were shocked when she began to cry very enormous tears. For the elephant, this experience could only have been bittersweet. She was finally free after suffering abuse for more than fifty years.
Everyone was moved when Sook Jai started waving her trunk in the air as though she was experiencing freedom for the first time.
Sook Jai eventually made it to the refuge after all.
She carefully stepped off the vehicle and started to play in the water next to the river.
Sook Jai spent the first few days staying beside this river, but as time passed, she gained confidence and started to investigate the enclosure.
Then, a very remarkable thing took place. Sook Jai started interacting with other elephants for the first time in her lifetime.
DiPor, another female elephant in the sanctuary, started to approach her. They got friendlier over time as the days went by.
Sook Jai’s recent life: