This is a photograph I took of a female elephant named Kabu currently living at Elephant Nature Park. This photograph is of a female elephant named Kabu. She is currently living at Elephant Nature Park, an elephant sanctuary in Northern Thailand. Kabu was born in a small village where she was used for logging. When she was young, she followed her working mother into the forest and a log fell on Kabu and broke her left forelimb. The leg was never properly set, and as a result, Kabu's leg "healed" with a permanent bend. Even with her deformed limb, loggers continued to subject her to grueling work. Over time, Kabu's healthy forelimb began to weaken as it compensated for her damaged forelimb. Eventually, she could hardly walk.
In 2015, the founder of Elephant Nature Park, Lek Chailert, traveled to the small village to save Kabu, and brought her to the elephant sanctuary where she could live the rest of her life freely and in peace. Despite years of abuse from the village she grew up in, Elephant Nature Park has successfully rehabilitated her mental state and allowed her body much needed rest. Kabu has a wonderful temperament and greets many visitors at her home, the Elephant Nature Park.