Committing oneself to ʀᴇsᴄᴜɪɴɢ and sᴀᴠɪɴɢ animals is never an easy job. You’ll be able to come face to face with the harsh reality of human ᴄʀᴜᴇʟᴛʏ. The unimaginable ᴘᴀɪɴ that humans are causing these innocent animals can be ʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴡʀᴇɴᴄʜɪɴɢ . However, as harsh as it could be, this reality won’t stop these people who want to help and ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ animals in need. In fact, it drives them to their sole purpose – to sᴀᴠᴇ the voiceless animals from ᴄʀᴜᴇʟ humans.Sook Jai, a 73-year-old elephant experiences that terrible life. She lived most of his life in ᴄᴀᴘᴛɪᴠɪᴛʏ and suffered from ᴀʙᴜsᴇ, physically and mentally. The strong giant animal was ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛᴇᴅ when she was ꜰʀᴇᴇᴅ . Sook Jai was sold to different owners during her ᴄᴀᴘᴛɪᴠɪᴛʏ life. She was forced to do various jobs, from working in tourist trekking to begging on the streets. This ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ her healthy as she grew older. The elephant ended up ʟᴏsɪɴɢ her vision and most of her hearing.
Fortunately, the good people at Elephant Nature Park, an elephant ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand learned of Sook Jai’s situation and stepped in to give her a new home at their sanctuary. Once everything was in order, a group of people traveled to pick up Sook Jai. They were prepared to make a 20-hour journey back to the sanctuary.
The 73-year-old elephant wasn’t in a healthy condition when they first got her into their custody. Many ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs were found on her head and body from the ᴀʙᴜsᴇ she’d endured. The rescuers tried their best to make the elephant feel as comfortable as possible during the long trip. Elephant Nature Park’s team warmed the truck when it was cold, and cooled the elephant down when it was hot. Likely, Sook Jai wasn’t used to being treated with such kindness. Despite the best efforts of the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ team, she still showed signs of being so tired and ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛᴇᴅ that she did not want to eat.
At one point in the journey, Sook Jai seemed to sense something from the rescuers, she shed tears. It’s a beautiful moment, but it also makes many people ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ. This creature has lived a life of sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ and today it is about to be free. Finally, Sook Jai is able to live a more comfortable, more peaceful life for the rest of his life in the reserve. She deserves such a life.