The above video details the rescue story of Noi Nah, a 70-year-old female elephant rescued from a trekking camp by the Save Elephant Foundation. Noi Nah is blind in one eye, and on being rescued, she also appeared to be significantly dehydrated.
The narrator of the video explained: “All elephants we have transported were very nervous and emotional when traveling in the truck. We (could) sense Noj Nah’s fear. She must (have been) worried about what was going to happen to her, so we let our volunteers talk to her and comfort her all the time.”
Elephants who work in trekking camps – just like all other animals who are exploited for human ends – are not naturally inclined to this role. In order to be prepared for the task of walking around with people on their backs for an extended period of time – often in unpredictable weather conditions – they must go through a rigorous breaking-and-training process known as “phajaan.” Phajaan involves forcibly separating a young elephant from their mother and their clan, imprisoning them in a small wooden enclosure, and forcing them to be starved and beaten by their mahouts until they have learned the tricks of their trade.
Luckily, Noi Nah’s story ended happily, with her arrival at the Elephant Nature Park, Thailand, where she will be free to live out the rest of her days in peace and tranquillity.