Kabu’s Incredible Journey: From Chains to Freedom

In a heartwarming story of hope and compassion, we introduce you to Kabu, a magnificent elephant from Thailand.

Kabu’s life took a remarkable turn in 2017 after enduring years of mistreatment and living in deplorable conditions.

Watch the video at the end.


For over two decades, Kabu toiled tirelessly in a mountain village, carrying heavy logs through treacherous terrain.

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Despite her injured leg, she was relentlessly forced to work, causing her limp to worsen with time.

Her owner even rode on her back despite her condition. Fortunately, Kabu’s ordeal ended when she was rescued and finally given the care and attention she deserved.

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Kabu’s heart-wrenching tale runs more profound than it may seem at first glance. Lek Chailert, the founder of Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, played a pivotal role in Kabu’s rescue.

Chailert revealed that Kabu had to endure the tragic loss of both 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.”

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This inhumane practice involves confining and beating young elephants in cages to domesticate them for labor.

Lek Chailert, along with her dedicated team of volunteers, embarked on a mission to bring Kabu, an abused and suffering elephant, to the Elephant Nature Park, a renowned sanctuary for mistreated elephants in Thailand.

The journey itself was an arduous 12-hour truck ride, during which the rescuers provided Kabu with comfort by offering her bananas, tamarinds, and showers to help her endure the scorching heat.

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Sadly, animal abuse is alarmingly prevalent in Thailand, particularly concerning the exploitation of elephants for the lucrative tourism industry.

Chailert emphasized that rescued elephants often grapple with deep-seated mental issues, requiring extended care and support to help them heal and thrive.

When Kabu first set foot in the park, she appeared nervous and hesitant, unsure of her new surroundings.


However, the warm and comforting welcome from her fellow elephants quickly eased her fears and concerns.

Witness Kabu’s heartwarming transition and integration into her new home by watching the video below.

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