This poor elephant was forced to go through a ridiculous amount of torture at the hands of her taskmaster for the majority of her life.

She had been both physically and emotionally abused, and the damage was so bad that the elephant was a shadow of her former self.

However, things were about to turn around for this gentle giant, as a rescue team were on their way to free her.

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1. Elephant Abuse Is Still An Issue Around The World

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Image: Mahouts Elephant Foundation

Although many different animal-rights groups exist, there is still a huge amount of elephant abuse taking place in some countries. In Thailand this is a huge issue, where many owners exploit the creatures for their own benefits such as using them as a prop in the streets to beg for money.