Madee was the first of two elephants that were rescued by @phuketelephantsanctuary.
Madee, which means "new beginnings" in Thai, is the epitome of a gentle giant. Unfortunately, Madee spent most of her life working hard for the logging industry where she endured harsh treatment for decades of hard labor. In 2009, a saddle was put on her back and she was forced to give rides to tourists, even though elephants' bodies were not made to carry such weight on a daily basis. However, on August 20, 2016, she took her first steps into her new forest home at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. Even though she is now rescued, Madee still carries with her scars and wounds from her harsh life as part of the tourism industry. Today, Madee can almost always be seen with Kannika. The two elephants are practically inseparable and prove that elephants, too, are capable of complex social relationships and intimate bonds with other members of their species, just like we are. 💚🐘💚