A baby elephant collapsed due to exhaustion while tethered to its mother who was giving rides to tourists in eastern Thailand this past week.
The one-year-old elephant calf was seen collapsing onto the ground in a video captured by a concerned tourist. In the clip, people can also be heard saying, "Oh no, he's tired," as the baby elephant collapsed due to exhaustion as temperatures approached 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) at the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens in Pattaya, eastern Thailand.
A Filipino migrant, who works as a teacher in Myanmar, was with her friends when the incident took place in Pattaya.
“This one baby elephant was so exhausted, and you can see the mother comforting and encouraging her to stand,” she said.
“I’m just concerned for the elephants and want to ensure their welfare is properly taken care of,” the Filipino tourist further added.
According to the Daily Mail the tourist, who refused to be named, said: “There are many more baby elephants tied with their mother walking around with tourists [on] their backs enjoying [themselves] under the heat of the sun while these elephants are suffering.”
However, a spokesman for the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens denied the allegation that the elephant was tired or being mistreated despite what happened.
"All of the elephants are healthy and treated very well. If there is a problem, they are treated by vets. All of the babies here are healthy." he said.
In a similar incident, a three-year-old elephant named "Dumbo" died at a show in Phuket, southern Thailand, earlier this month.
Apparently, the elephant calf was forced to perform three times a day despite being emaciated. According to the campaign group Moving Animals, Dumbo was still forced to perform tricks regardless of its condition.
The group then began a petition, which garnered 200,000+ signatures in a week, to release the poor suffering baby elephant to an animal sanctuary. However, their desperate attempts to free Dumbo came to a close as tragically the baby elephant died.