Sook-Jai is a 73-year-old elephant who was rescued after 50 years of captivity and being forced to work. She cried during her trip to the sanctuary, Elephant Nature Park.
The many years of work Sook-Jai endured took a toll on her health and well-being. She could no longer work with tourists or as a street beggar.
After being passed around to several owners for whatever jobs they had, she became blind and lost the majority of her hearing. Thankfully the people from Elephant Nature park heard her story.
It was a long 20-hour journey to bring Sook-Jai to the sanctuary, and everyone was prepared for the trip. They found her covered in wounds and gently led her onto the truck.
During the long trek, they did everything to keep her comfortable. At night they kept her warm from the cold, and during the day, they cooled her down when it got hot.
They could tell Sook-Jai was hungry, but she was too tired to eat. She started to cry and showed more energy when she waved her trunk in the air.
Finally, Sook-Jai arrived at the sanctuary after the long journey. Sook-Jai stepped into the water and gave herself a mudbath. She was finally free and had a home where she could live peacefully.