Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

After 4 Decades In Chains, This Elephant Is Finally Living The Life She Deserves.

Elephants in captivity are either born or captured and placed in a zoo, a camp, or a circus. They're often ripped away from their families and imported straight from the wild. Sadly, most elephants in captivity are Asian elephants, and the method used to break their spirit is heart-wrenching. Unfortunately, many people in the world are so enthralled by the entertainment value these noble creatures provide that no one takes the time to consider the horrible abuse they've undergone to become subservient to those who own them like commodities. But when one elephant finally found freedom after 4 decades in chains, its reaction was extremely moving.

If Wassana looks sad it's because she has every right to be.

For four decades, she's had to endure various forms of abuse and the thought of ever being free again seemed like an impossible dream. For so long, her only purpose had been to serve humanity.

If Wassana looks sad it's because she has every right to be.

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Wassana was so badly beaten over the years that it caused a serious infection.

Her keepers had used a bullhook to hit her, which caused an abscess to form on her left leg. But the 46-year-old elephant continued providing entertainment for the people of Thailand.

Wassana was so badly beaten over the years that it caused a serious infection.

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It was clear that there was very little that Wassana could do.

It's possible that she had once worked with loggers before it became illegal in Thailand in 1999. From there, her keepers transitioned her to a worse life in the tourist camp.

It was clear that there was very little that Wassana could do.

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Wassana's only taste of freedom came when she gave rides to tourists.

But she secretly longed to be with her own kind, despite the fact that her spirit had been crushed. Now the process of crushing an elephant's spirit starts at the time that they're babies.

Wassana's only taste of freedom came when she gave rides to tourists.

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The traditional torture of crushing the elephant’s spirit is to ensure they'll obey a human's command.

The process, known as phajaan, originated in India and South-East Asia. To the locals, the ceremony came about as a result of the tribal shaman's belief that he could separate the spirit from the body of the animal, rendering it docile.

The traditional torture of crushing the elephant’s spirit is to ensure they'll obey a human's command.

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