Selfless men and women who dedicate their lives to rescuing animals see lots of pain and suffering during their missions. But they also witness heartwarming moments – like when they finally free the animal from its life of cruelty.
One such rescue story involves this 73-year-old elephant named Sook Jai.
Sook Jai could longer keep up after years of hard work.
Over time, different owners took in Sook Jai and made her do various jobs. The elephant was forced to work in tourist trekking and street begging, but her health started to deteriorate as she got older. She lost her sight and nearly all her hearing.
Elephant Nature Park learned of Sook Jai’s situation and stepped in to give her a new home.
The rescue center (which is connected to the Save Elephant Foundation) is located in Thailand. Sook Jai would finally have all the beautiful days she deserved.
In the video description they share:
“Sook Jai had the good fortune of being found by a caring soul who wanted to help to change her life. She was twice lucky when Joan Baez chose to help sponsor SookJai to living free from cruelty for the rest of her life.”
Once everything was in order, a group of people traveled to meet Sook Jai. The 20 hour journey back to the sanctuary would be all worth it.
The 73-year-old elephant had many wounds on her head and body from the treatment she’d endured. Sook Jai wasn’t healthy and it showed.
During the long ride, the rescuers gave Sook Jai all the TLC they could to make her feel better.
She was tired, exhausted, and unaware of what type of life was just around the corner. The elephant was hungry but wouldn’t eat. Imagine the stress she was going through.
They were like her angels on earth.
Elephant Nature Park’s team warmed the truck when it was cold, and cooled the elephant down when it was hot. Sook Jai wasn’t used to being treated with such kindness but these awesome people would show her what that was.
At one point during the journey, an emotional moment was captured on film.
Then something happened that shook viewers to their core. Sook Jai began to cry. Visible tears formed on her eyes and the beautiful creature couldn’t hold it in anymore. Years of mistreatment streamed down her face.
One viewer wrote:
“I cried the moment I saw she cried and waving her trunk. She knows she’s free now. Please save and rescue more and more elephants, together we can do it!”
Sook Jai was finally in her loving forever home.
Near the end of the video, the truck pulls up to the sanctuary after their long trip. Although the blind elephant can’t actually see her new home – she soon discovers what a life of peace is all about.
They end the video saying…
“Her life will be without any restraints. She will remain free, as she deserves.”
It’s a rescue story that’s touching people’s hearts across the globe. And there are lots like it. The YouTube channel elephantnews has numerous videos that show the work they do at Elephant Nature Park. The sanctuary has an Instagram page too.
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