Painfully-thin elephant performs cruel circus tricks to empty Thai arena
10th December 2018

A severely underweight elephant has been filmed performing tricks inside a virtually empty zoo.

With just a handful of visitors watching, the adult female Asian elephant was seen at a crocodile farm in Samut Prakan, Thailand, on Friday.

With her bones clearly visible she could be seen balancing on two wooden tables before being led down and to walk across a metal tight rope.

She pauses in the middle, turns round and walks back.

The skeletal frame of the animal – with its pelvis and shoulder poking through its saggy leathery skin – raised concerns from one visitor who was attending the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo.

The person who filed the clip, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I’ve been visiting the zoo for a long time because I like to look at the animals.

"But when I visited last week I was upset when I saw one of the elephants.

"The elephant looked so thin and weak. I felt so sorry for him. I think he needs help.

"I don’t want to say anything bad about the zoo, because they might be problems and cannot afford to look after the elephant. I would like people to help the elephant."

The crocodile farm was built in 1950 as Thailand’s first crocodile farm.

It quickly expanded to include different zoo animals and is now the world’s largest crocodile farm.

The farm has over 60,000 crocodiles of different kinds in various pits and features daily shows.

Locals said that the zoo was once popular, but in recent years the crowds have dwindled and many shows are now empty.

One resident who lives nearby, nicknamed Ploy, 24, said: "I was born on the same street as the zoo and it has been open all my life.

"I first went when I was 10 years old but haven’t been back since. It used to be very popular and there would be lots of tour buses arrives, but now it’s so quiet. I’m worried about the animals."

A spokesman for the zoo said that all the elephants at the park are "good".

He added: "No, no, no. The elephants here are all healthy. They are all good. None of them are thin.

"They are all fed well. They do shows every day."

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