Elephants in captivity are often mistreated, beaten, and kept in awful conditions, especially when they’re used for entertainment purposes.
Even those owned by temples aren’t immune to abuse. Many spend their entire lives in chains. One elephant in India was headed to this same fate when it managed to free itself. The 45-year-old elephant named Mullackal Balakrishnan was being transported from Thrikkakara temple to Mullakkal for a festival earlier this week when it jumped out of the truck. Unfortunately, the pachyderm didn’t get very far before it got stuck in a marsh.