RATCHABURI – Australian tourist Charley Costin, visiting Thailand in January was shocked by what she witnesses at the Damnoen Saduak Elephant Village where she was taking a video of a baby elephant at the facility when a young member of staff came along and threatened the baby elephant.
Ms Costin posted the video to Facebook where it attracted immediate attention, the elephant village received online criticism for its handling of its animals, and Thai police even stepped in on the case.
The Damnoen Saduak Elephant Village in Ratchaburi Province has since reported that the staff member in question has been fired.
Ms. Charley Costin said you can see the young boy storms in through my filming, threatening the elephant with a punch then grabs his ear and scrunched it up, causing that heartbreaking cry … At this stage I was in shock, I stopped filming and continued to question these actions. The boy then proceeds to pull on his ear and kick his foot then chain him up.
“My partner had to pull me away i was on the verge of tears watching this.
“Since my video went viral I have had numerous animal rights advocates and organizations contact me. Motions are in play, sadly it is Thailand so it is a slow process but things are being done.
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