This is Jokia. Like many of the elephants at Elephant Nature Park, she was rescued from suffering extreme abuse while working in logging, resulting in severe emotional trauma and permanent physical damage. 
Jokia was beaten with nails attached to sticks and forced to drag heavy tree logs up a mountain while she was pregnant. One day, as she was climbing and unable to stop due to the abuse of her mahout (‘owner’) , Jokia gave birth and her new born baby fell and rolled down the mountain. When Jokia desperately fought against the mahout, he used a slingshot to blind her in one eye and forced her to continue. After reaching the top, Jokia broke down, mourning the loss of her baby she was not able to save. When she refused to get up and work, the mahout stabbed her remaining eye, leaving her completely blind, childless, terrified and traumatised.
After being rescued and rehabilitated by Lek (founder of ENP), Jokia was slowly able to learn to trust others again and find happiness with the other elephants rescued from similarly horrific lives (others in worse condition, with broken/dislocated bones from forced breeding, permanent damage after stepping on land mines while logging on the border of Burma, etc.). She goes everywhere with her best friend Mae Perm, who guides and comforts her when she becomes uneasy not being able to see her surroundings. Observing the bond they have formed with each other was incredibly humbling to say the least, and such a testament to the vast emotional capacities of these intelligent, empathetic, beautiful creatures.
This level of abuse is not only the norm for those working in logging, but in the tourism industry as well. Before the elephants give tourists rides, perform in circuses, paint pictures, drag logs, or walk through the markets ‘begging’ for money with their trunks, they have gone through EXTREME levels of abuse to be rendered completely submissive to their mahouts who will go to any measure to make a larger profit. These are wild animals. HUGE wild animals. Think about the level of violence these people use to gain control over them. As babies, the elephants go through an awful process of being chained up in tiny spaces and stabbed with nails and hooks all over their bodies and inside their ears until they are bleeding all over. They are made to do impossible tasks and withstand the pain without complaining. The torture continues until they are so traumatised that they realise it is easier to become submissive to their abusers than it is to fight against them.
Should the opportunity arise, do not ride an elephant! By doing so, you are supporting the abuse. Going to the circus to see an elephant do tricks is supporting the abuse. Purchasing paintings done by elephants is supporting the abuse. I’m sorry, but that poor elephant did not wake up that morning, eat some grass, bathe in some mud, and then have a sudden artistic epiphany compel it to capture its picturesque surroundings on a nearby easel, or balance on a drum and dance for adoring tourist fans. That elephant suffered through horrifically violent training methods to do those things against its will. Please do not support this violence. 
To find out more about how you can fight against this abuse, and help more elephants reclaim their lives like Jokia, please visit: www.saveelephant.org/

This is Jokia. Like many of the elephants at Elephant Nature Park, she was rescued from suffering extreme abuse while working in logging, resulting in severe emotional trauma and permanent physical damage. 

Jokia was beaten with nails attached to sticks and forced to drag heavy tree logs up a mountain while she was pregnant. One day, as she was climbing and unable to stop due to the abuse of her mahout (‘owner’) , Jokia gave birth and her new born baby fell and rolled down the mountain. When Jokia desperately fought against the mahout, he used a slingshot to blind her in one eye and forced her to continue. After reaching the top, Jokia broke down, mourning the loss of her baby she was not able to save. When she refused to get up and work, the mahout stabbed her remaining eye, leaving her completely blind, childless, terrified and traumatised.

After being rescued and rehabilitated by Lek (founder of ENP), Jokia was slowly able to learn to trust others again and find happiness with the other elephants rescued from similarly horrific lives (others in worse condition, with broken/dislocated bones from forced breeding, permanent damage after stepping on land mines while logging on the border of Burma, etc.). She goes everywhere with her best friend Mae Perm, who guides and comforts her when she becomes uneasy not being able to see her surroundings. Observing the bond they have formed with each other was incredibly humbling to say the least, and such a testament to the vast emotional capacities of these intelligent, empathetic, beautiful creatures.

This level of abuse is not only the norm for those working in logging, but in the tourism industry as well. Before the elephants give tourists rides, perform in circuses, paint pictures, drag logs, or walk through the markets ‘begging’ for money with their trunks, they have gone through EXTREME levels of abuse to be rendered completely submissive to their mahouts who will go to any measure to make a larger profit. These are wild animals. HUGE wild animals. Think about the level of violence these people use to gain control over them. As babies, the elephants go through an awful process of being chained up in tiny spaces and stabbed with nails and hooks all over their bodies and inside their ears until they are bleeding all over. They are made to do impossible tasks and withstand the pain without complaining. The torture continues until they are so traumatised that they realise it is easier to become submissive to their abusers than it is to fight against them.

Should the opportunity arise, do not ride an elephant! By doing so, you are supporting the abuse. Going to the circus to see an elephant do tricks is supporting the abuse. Purchasing paintings done by elephants is supporting the abuse. I’m sorry, but that poor elephant did not wake up that morning, eat some grass, bathe in some mud, and then have a sudden artistic epiphany compel it to capture its picturesque surroundings on a nearby easel, or balance on a drum and dance for adoring tourist fans. That elephant suffered through horrifically violent training methods to do those things against its will. Please do not support this violence. 

To find out more about how you can fight against this abuse, and help more elephants reclaim their lives like Jokia, please visit: www.saveelephant.org/

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