Working in animal rescue can be heart-wrenching, witnessing countless animals in distress. But moments of pure joy and triumph make it all worthwhile, like the heartwarming rescue of Sook Jai, a 73-year-old elephant.
Sook Jai had been mistreated and forced into labor for various owners, from tourist trekking to street begging. As she aged, her health declined, leaving her blind and mostly deaf.
Luckily, Elephant Nature Park, linked to the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand, learned of her plight and stepped in to provide her with a sanctuary.
In a stroke of good fortune, a compassionate individual discovered Sook Jai and helped facilitate her rescue.
Acclaimed singer Joan Baez also played a role by sponsoring Sook Jai’s new life free from cruelty.
A dedicated team embarked on a 20-hour journey to collect Sook Jai and bring her to the sanctuary.
Despite her weakened state and multiple injuries from years of abuse, the rescuers made every effort to ensure her comfort during the trip.
Initially, Sook Jai refused to eat, exhausted and unaware of the brighter future ahead. The Elephant Nature Park team did their best to provide warmth and cooling as needed.
Unaccustomed to such care, Sook Jai eventually shed tears of what appeared to be gratitude and relief, a moment captured in a touching video.
Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Sook Jai began to experience the life of peace she had always deserved.
Though she could not see her new home, she could finally live without restraints or suffering, surrounded by love and care.
Read more Elephant News.