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A baby elephant dubbed Dumbo has died after his legs snapped.
The three-year-old was forced to perform tricks for tourists at a Thai zoo three times a day.
Dumbo got his front legs stuck in the mud and broke both of his back legs while trying to free himself because they were weak.
When Dumbo collapsed, his keepers took him to a veterinary clinic and found out he had broken both of his back legs. He died three days later.
Campaigners had been demanding Dumbo, whose real name was Jumbo, to be released into care due to the cruel treatment he was getting since April.
A petition was filed by Moving Animals for Dumbo’s release.
After Dumbo’s death, Moving Animals wrote on Facebook (@officialmovinganimals): “We are devastated to announce that “Dumbo” has passed away.
The campaign revealed his “skeletal” body to the world, which raised concerns that he was ill.”
“It now turns out that he had an infection in his digestive tract, and he became so weak that his back legs snapped beneath him. Despite this, the zoo did not realise his legs were broken for three days, until the baby elephant was finally taken to an elephant hospital.”
“For “Dumbo” to die whilst under the so-called “care” and “treatment” of the zoo shows just how neglected these animals are in captivity.”
“We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support for “Dumbo”. We hope that “Dumbo” is now finding the peace that he was so cruelly denied in his lifetime, and that his tragic story will urge Thai authorities to finally put an end to these outdated animal performances.” (Credit: @officialmovinganimals)
Pichai Sakunsorn, manager of Phuket Zoo where Dumbo was kept, denied that Dumbo was neglected before his death.
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