Sambo, an elephant who was between 40 and 45 years old, died of exhaustion after transporting tourists for years on his back, Cambodia, reports “The Independent” . This old elephant had been working in a 40C (104 Fahrenheit) heat wave.
The animal died of a cardiac arrest while carrying tourists to Angkor temple.
A veterinarian who examined him found that the death of the elephant was “due to high temperatures, heat stroke and lack of wind, which could help cool it.”
Angkor Elephant Company, which owned Sambo, employs 13 other elephants.
A petition has been launched calling for an end rides on elephants in Angkor, where the elephants are, as elsewhere in Asia, mistreated to be trained to carry tourists. Cruelty is often “hidden from view”, the petition says, causing a “lifetime of misery” for the animals, and the elephant’s death should be “a wake-up call”.
Asian elephants are classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are about 70 domesticated elephants in Cambodia.
People, be tourists, go, see wonderful things and amazing places, but please speak up and don’t patronize ‘services’ that exploit animals. No Seaworld, no elephant rides, no circuses with animals
being tortured doing ‘tricks’. It’s inhumane, it’s exploitation and it’s just not right.