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Young Elephant Extracted from Manhole in Thailand


A young elephant used in the tourist entertainment trade fell into a manhole in eastern Thailand's Rayong province earlier this week and had to be extracted using a power shovel and a harness. Ugh:

"Rescuers spent three hours freeing the elephant, who was unharmed, by using a bulldozer to widen the hole. While elephants are used to move large heavy objects in Thailand, many of the animals in Rayong province are trained to carry tourists on elephant treks through the jungle. Mahouts also use elephants to beg on the streets of many large Thai cities and baby elephants, with their cute eyes and hairy heads, are among the most sought after. Baby elephants are often taught tricks to appeal to tourists and, although it is illegal in many cities, work the streets with their owners from early in the morning to late at night. Mahouts control the elephants using a small number of commands and a sharp hook, known as an angkus."

Raw video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Poor thing. You can just see the terror in its eyes at 3:30.

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  1. So they finally free the elephant and his owner jumps on top of him and hits him in the head with the angkus. They should have thrown the owner into the manhole. What an ass.

    Posted by: Name: | Aug 12, 2009 9:17:58 AM

  2. Andy === TERROR in his eyse ? Really ?

    I just saw a pissed off elephant trying to get out of a hole.

    God put animals here for our entertainment - dogs and cats included.

    Posted by: Willie | Aug 12, 2009 9:37:04 AM

  3. Every time you link to Fox News you are making them money to attack gay people --

    Posted by: Willie | Aug 12, 2009 9:39:31 AM

  4. horrible

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 12, 2009 10:18:08 AM

  5. @ willie

    And God put children here to work in sweat shops and textile mills and sex trade.

    Posted by: David | Aug 12, 2009 10:18:23 AM

  6. Yes Andy, I would rather not give anymore traffic to FAUX NEWS. Everytime they get a click on their website, they can ratchet up their advertising rates, thus raise more funds for Rupert Murdoch's crusade against us. Otherwise, I love what you do here...thank you!

    Posted by: Russell | Aug 12, 2009 10:23:15 AM



    Just when you thought gerbils had it bad.

    Posted by: @Daniel_Baylis | Aug 12, 2009 10:23:27 AM

  8. Olbermann ran a segment on his show about the elephant. Why not link to that?

    Oh, and Willie, my dog has far more than mere entertainment value - although he's probably appeared on some ads on this site.

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 12, 2009 12:12:31 PM

  9. Hank it was joke meant to rile you up !


    Speaking of work --- why is your dog on a ad's. Using an animal as a slave to profit off of are you ????

    Posted by: Willie | Aug 12, 2009 1:35:02 PM

  10. David - animals are not human children

    In fact animals TASTE great and help humans make money to live off of. Wonder what elephant stew tastes like --- I am sure the African Natives used to eat it.

    Fine with me.

    Posted by: Willie | Aug 12, 2009 1:36:38 PM

  11. Willie, you seem like a really mature guy.

    For everyone bitching about lining the pockets of Fox, this is a Youtube video. It doesn't matter if the original video was from Fox, watching it on Youtube isn't doing anything for Fox. And if you watch it, you see that it's a compilation from various cameras, not just Fox.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 12, 2009 2:05:46 PM

  12. This makes me ill. HUmanity has such hubris, our ignorance IS becoming our demise (global climate change, nuclear weaponry, the raping of our natural resources, over population). Our extinction is simply a matter of time, and the animals we presume beneath us will rome the earth free of our bullshit.

    Posted by: CJ | Aug 12, 2009 3:08:07 PM

  13. why is your dog on a ad's. Using an animal as a slave to profit off of are you ????


    Believe me, with the cost of vet fees, insurance, food, toys, I'm the one who's enslaved.

    But I got him into the ad because I love to show him off.

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 12, 2009 3:14:36 PM

  14. Willie,

    You're an ignorant a**hole. Animals are treated a lot worse than gay people...but looking at your comments, you only seem to care about issues involving gay people. Just forget the animals being tortured and slaughtered every day, they don't matter right?

    Expand your cares...if you have the capacity...

    You want to see how an elephant 'learns' to be submissive and perform tricks and carry overweight tourists? Take a look:

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 12, 2009 3:18:55 PM

  15. Willie,

    THIS is the one I meant to post:

    Go to minute 4:00 and watch from there. Maybe you'll have a change of heart. Trusting you have one...

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 12, 2009 3:47:56 PM

  16. Larry, many people realize that elephants and humans are not alike. We don't feel alike, we don't experience alike, we don't see the world alike. They are not little children in animal form. People are perfectly capable of empathy towards our own without having to anthropomorphize our own experiences on animals. This whole "animals are just like us!!!!" is just so extreme. And it's the stupidity of our culture that animal rescues are popular news items.

    as a side note that may have little to do with this "news" item, you cannot believe the number of people I meet that would save their own dog before saving a stranger. That to me is the sickness of humanity.

    Posted by: david | Aug 12, 2009 7:40:36 PM

  17. Well David, we can agree to disagree.

    I care about people and I care about animals. Who are we to say that an animal doesn't value its own life just as much as we value ours?

    Not sure if you have a dog or a cat of your own but those of us who do, we think of them as members of our family. At least those of us who treat them well. These 'pets' give love unconditionally which is a lot more than most humans do. They deserve nothing less in return.

    I'm sorry you feel treating other species with kindness is "just so extreme". I do not.

    We aren't the only species on Earth. But we sure seem to act like it.

    It's sad that you find animal rescues being popular news items to be "the stupidity of our culture". I like to believe it shows that we do step outside of ourselves and care for matter what body they may occupy.

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 12, 2009 8:45:15 PM

  18. It's not an advancement of human kindness. As I said people are capable of loving our fellow man without caring about animals, people are also capable of loving animals without giving crap about our fellow man.

    Treating animals with kindness is not "just so extreme" Don't distort my viewpoint. What's extreme is the idea that an elephant in a hole is as newsworthy or effecting as a kid getting shot in the streets. They are not equal.

    Which story would evoke more sympathy in a general viewship? That question is scary to even ponder.

    Posted by: david t. | Aug 12, 2009 10:15:07 PM

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