78 working elephants have been set free for good in Thailand due to COVID-19
Like almost every country in the world, Thailand continues to struggle to keep the Coronavirus infections under control. With countries sealing borders and international travel almost suspended, the tourism has plummeted in the country.
Due to this, the working elephants in Thailand are being set free for good.
All 78 elephants at Maesa elephant camp in Chiang Mai were set free on Wednesday morning as their owners scrapped the heavy wooden chairs that are tied to their backs for carrying tourists.
Camp director Anchalee Kalampichit said this was the first time in 44 years that the elephants had not worn the seats at the start of the day.
She said the park will now change their business to allow the elephants to roam freely in the grounds and operate as a place for visitors to observe the animals.
They will never wear chairs again.