Elephant sisters reunited after 53 years
After 53 Years Rhea The Rescued Circus Elephant Is Finally Reunited With Her Sisters Sita and Mia.
For almost 53 years of her life, Rhea had known nothing but a life of circus exploitation. But now, thanks to her rescuers, her abusive past is behind her and she will live out her days in freedom with the only family she’s ever known.
According to Wildlife SOS, the organization responsible for securing her freedom, Rhea spent nearly her entire life as a circus elephant. She was likely taken from her family in the wild as a baby, before she was forced to endure a brutal training regime that would turn her into a performer. She would spend her life confined by ropes and heavy chains, and it would take a toll on her.
Her time in the circus has left Rhea riddled with ailments. Her feet are in atrocious conditions, with deep painful cracks running through her swollen soles. Her nails are cracked and her cuticles overgrown, testament to the neglect she has been subjected to all these years. She walks awkwardly, with a slight limp, and we are suspicious of more serious wounds or problems that can only be diagnosed once she is in our care at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura.
Sadly for Rhea, at the end of last year Mia and Sita were rescued, but the crushing decision had to be made to leave Rhea behind. Wildlife SOS explained in an update that it wasn’t just a lack of permission to take her that held up her rescue, her owner was considering giving her as a gift to a temple – a decision that would result in her spending the rest of her life in equally poor conditions.
While she wasn’t taken along with her two sisters, her rescuers didn’t give up on their efforts to secure her freedom and their determination has finally paid off.