The three-year-old elephant known as the real-life Dumbo died at an elephant hospital after being transferred there by Thailand’s Phuket Zoo, Moving Animals reported.
Dumbo developed an infection in his digestive tract. He was skeletal his back legs snapped while performing. The organization says the zoo didn’t realize the elephant’s back legs were broken for three days.
Zoo manager Pichai Sakunsorn said:
Veterinarians from the Phuket Provincial Office of the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) advised us to keep a close eye on his health because he was becoming weak from an infection. The vets came to check on him and provided him medical treatment, but he was not getting better. His condition kept deteriorating, so he we had him taken to the Elephant Hospital in Krabi, where he was admitted on April 17.
The Phuket News reports that it was the elephant hospital that discovered that the elephant’s back legs were broken. Jumbo died three days after arriving at the facility and was buried on the hospital’s grounds.
Moving animal said in a statement:
His skeletal body clearly suggested that he was unwell and could be suffering from malnourishment and exhaustion. And yet the zoo did nothing until receiving international criticism. Under their care, this baby elephant broke both of his back legs, and the zoo did not even realize for three days.
I can’t bring myself to imagine Dumbo’s suffering during this time. For Dumbo to die whilst under the so-called ‘care’ and ‘treatment’ of the zoo shows just how neglected these animals are in captivity.
The DLD said they plan to investigate the death and take legal action if necessary, but, since the zoo has not broken any laws, the Phuket Zoo will be allowed to purchase another baby elephant if they want to.
Phuket Zoo has a bad reputation among the locals. 61% visitors on tripadvisor rate this place terrible.