In one of the most beautiful displays of compassion that wildlife had ever offered, a rescued elephant receives a greeting he never expects, at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. The 30-year-old female spent her entire life in a circus, before she got rescued and brought to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Lonely most of her life, the elephant receives the warmest welcome by the herd at the sanctuary. The heartwarming moment was caught on camera!
Ploy Thong has the saddest story, but fortunately all came to an end, when volunteers from the Save Elephant Foundation rescued her. For decades, the gentle giant carried tourists on her back on the streets of the Pattaya region in Thailand. All against her will. Thankfully, everything of these is part of the past, because now Ploy Thong is a resident of this caring sanctuary.
Shortly after her arrival, one scene, in particular, was beautiful to behold – the moment the herd at the sanctuary welcomes the resident. Completely blind, Ploy Thong started to send low vibration, in order to let the rest of the elephants know of her presence. What happens next is one of the most emotional scenes we have ever seen!
The entire herd approaches to give the rescued elephant a bit of their endless compassion.
“Both eyes blind, she transported tourists every day,” staff from the Save Elephant Foundation said. “Every day she was saddled early, and carried riders until the sunset. She used her trunk to sniff the way while the tourist rode on her back. [But] her journey to freedom begins.”
It only took a few minutes, until Ploy Thong realized she ended up in a place where she found the love and comfort she never had.
Watch the emotional moment, here: