From: National Geographic
The world responded to this captive elephant’s plight. Now he has a new life.
National Geographic documented Gluay Hom’s injuries in a story on the dark side of wildlife tourism. Now the elephant has been moved to a sanctuary.
Today, Gluay Hom, a young, suffering elephant in Thailand, starts a new life.
When I first saw him in June 2018, he’d been living for years under a performance stadium at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo outside Bangkok. His feet were tightly chained, and he had a bent, swollen leg and a wound at his temple.
National Geographic documented his plight, which caused an outcry from readers, in our June 2019 feature on wildlife tourism. Over 70,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for help for the elephant. But the prospect of rescue was complicated—under Thai law, he is property, and his owner, Uthen Youngprapakorn, would have to agree to sell or relinquish him.