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Tragic death of baby elephant forced to perform for tourists at Phuket Zoo

A baby elephant who was forced to perform tricks for foreign tourists at Phuket Zoo has died after both its back legs snapped.

The baby male elephant dubbed Dumbo was made to perform three times per day.

Dumbo had been the subject of a petition by charity Moving Animals who were campaigning for his release.

Last month, heartbreaking footage which went viral, showed the cruel treatment Dumbo was subjected to, showing the skeletal elephant being made to dance for the entertainment of tourists.

Tragically it was confirmed earlier this week that three year old Dumbo has died due to an infection he broke both of his back legs and was unable to recover.

The infection made him so weak that he collapsed under his own body weight while trying to free himself from mud inside the zoo. 

He was admitted to the Elephant Hospital in Krabi on April 17th where he died three days later. 

“We are devastated to announce that “Dumbo” has passed away, Moving Animals said in a statement this week.

“It now turns out that he had an infection in his digestive tract, and he became so weak that his back legs snapped beneath him. 

“Despite this, the zoo did not realise his legs were broken for three days, until the baby elephant was finally taken to an elephant hospital.

“For “Dumbo” to die whilst under the so-called “care” and “treatment” of the zoo shows just how neglected these animals are in captivity.

“We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support for “Dumbo”. We hope that “Dumbo” is now finding the peace that he was so cruelly denied in his lifetime, and that his tragic story will urge Thai authorities to finally put an end to these outdated animal performances.”

Thai Visa

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