Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Depressed Elephant Was Too Sad To Live, Until She Met A Friend.

Animals are nature’s way of teaching humans a lesson about selflessness. These beautiful creatures have proven time and time again that they're loyal to us even after many different species have experienced brutality at the hands of human beings. Just ask the elephants of Southeast Asia who are now facing a horrible crisis. The killing rate of these noble creatures continues to rise in order to meet the ever increasing demand for elephant treks and circus tricks. Ultimately, it's the tourism industry that's affecting the local fauna to a greater extent as people often take these animals from their home in the jungle to exploit them.

The rescue of Baan Yen, a 50-year-old elephant who had been badly abused, has revealed some shocking facts about this flourishing threat.

When the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand rescued her, they noticed that she was in desperate need of medical attention.

The rescue of Baan Yen, a 50-year-old elephant who had been badly abused, has revealed some shocking facts about this flourishing threat.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary / Facebook

She was in extremely bad shape and had been abused to a pitiful extent in her previous home.

According to the Sanctuary, Baan Yen had been working at a camp for over 20 years. Sadly, the conditions there were very harsh and took a toll on her body.

She was in extremely bad shape and had been abused to a pitiful extent in her previous home.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary / Facebook

Baan Yen was exhibiting signs of depression and the caretakers deduced that she had not slept for about a week.

It was even speculated that her former owners had forced her to mate with a bull elephant for several years. As a result, by the time she reached the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, she had already grown fearful of even her own kind.

Baan Yen was exhibiting signs of depression and the caretakers deduced that she had not slept for about a week.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary / Facebook

The sanctuary staff reported that she was still weak and dehydrated even days after her arrival.

So in a last ditch effort to save her, the staff gave her an exhaustive series of treatments. After eight days without any progress, the vet had her on IV drips, anti-inflammatory medication and some vitamin supplements.

The sanctuary staff reported that she was still weak and dehydrated even days after her arrival.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary / Facebook

“As well as being physically weak, there is a deep sadness about Baan Yen’s entire demeanor. We are still trying to find out what exactly happened,” the sanctuary staff reports.

Eventually, she began to recover physically and started exploring the sanctuary. However, she still had her emotional wall up and it didn't seem like she was planning on taking it down anytime soon. She wouldn’t let anyone in and was still facing the effects of the psychological abuse she had experienced in the past. Her keepers felt helpless and were seriously concerned.

“As well as being physically weak, there is a deep sadness about Baan Yen’s entire demeanor. We are still trying to find out what exactly happened,” the sanctuary staff reports.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary / Facebook

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