Dumbo The Baby Elephant Dies After His Legs Snap When Forced To Dance For Crowds

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The baby elephant who was known as the 'real life Dumbo', has died at the mere age of three following severe injuries sustained during a lifetime of being forced to dance and play musical instruments for crowds of adults and children.

(Source: Moving Animals)

Earlier in the year, footage was released of an emaciated 'Dumbo' looking malnourished and exhausted as the poor elephant was forced to perform tricks for crowds at Phuket Zoo in Thailand. 

The video and images caused campaign group Moving Animals to begin a petition to get the elephant released from the zoo and moved to a nearby sanctuary.

However, despite the petition garnering over 200, 000 signatures it was unsuccessful. The photographs are heartbreaking to look at, and make you wonder how on Earth some people sleep at night after happily taking kids to see these shows, let alone the ones torturing these animals into doing them!

(Source: Moving Animals)

'Dumbo' was forced to keep performing 20 minute shows up to three times a day 'under threat of the sharp bullhook' according to reports

The charity Moving Animals did not stop campaigning to save the baby elephant from its life of cruelty and neglect, but ultimately, it was announced the other day that 3-year-old 'Dumbo' had died, and the circumstances were just as tragic as the rest of its short life.

(Source: Moving Animals)

According to The Phuket News, 'Dumbo' broke both of his back legs while struggling to pull himself out of some mud, and the injuries went unnoticed by the Zoo causing his health to deteriorate and ultimately he died from a digestive tract infection.

I really cannot emphasize how horrific it is that there are still animals around the world suffering cruelty of this magnitude. The UK earlier this month passed a long-awaited law which will prevent circuses from using wild animals, however, there are still many places across the world where such cruelty is still permitted.

(Source: Moving Animals via Daily Mail)

The vet who treated 'Dumbo' described the elephant's injuries to the Phuket News:

'It was the worst [...] Jumbo’s front legs became stuck in some mud while he was holding himself up with his back legs on dry ground. First, he tried to lift himself out with his back right leg, but the bone was too thin and too brittle, and the stress on it caused it to break. So he tried to push himself out of the mud with his back left leg, and that broke'.

Co-founder of Moving Animals, Amy Jones also released a statement:

'This is a tragic and horrific end to Dumbo's heartbreakingly-short life [...] Under their care, this baby elephant broke both of his back legs, and the zoo did not even realize for three days. I can't bring myself to imagine Dumbo's suffering during this time.'

(Source: Moving Animals)

The Moving Animals petition released the update on the website with a message of thanks to all who supported the cause and a hopeful sentiment that this case will help open people's eyes to the need for governments worldwide banning these practices:

'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.'

(Source: Moving Animals via Daily Mail)

I pray that the tragic story causes the Thailand government to put in place legal practices to stop this sort of cruelty! While it may seem unlikely that change can really happen at times, it is important to keep hope and to keep advocating for animal rights!

Do you think enough is being done to put an end to these disgusting 'circuses'? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to share with friends and family to raise awareness! AAx

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