An Elephant Never Forgets

Following on from our post about elephant cruelty, we were made aware of a few recent incidents that highlighted how these harmful acts continue to affect elephants, even after their spirits have been ‘crushed’.


(Image from Pixabay)

Less than a month ago, there were reports of an incident in Thailand where a mahout (elephant trainer) was attacked and killed by a male elephant at an elephant camp. The elephant apparently went into a rage after being unchained from a wooden post that he was tethered to at the camp.

An elephant never forgets. It’s an age old saying that actually rings true, with research finding that elephants have exceptionally solid memories. We’ll never know what was going on in the elephant’s mind when he attacked his mahout, but maybe it had something to do with the pain he endured while being ‘trained’.

Earlier this year, an elderly female elephant collapsed and died from exhaustion after carrying tourists around the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. Veterinarians concluded that the death was caused by excessive work in hot temperatures, leading to stress, shock, high blood pressure and a heart attack.

It would be inhumane to work a person to exhaustion in hot climates, so why is it ok that we do it to animals?

For a more in-depth look into elephants within the tourism industry and how they’re treated, you can watch a free documentary online that uncovers the gory details, aptly named An Elephant Never Forgets.