Rhea The Elephant Finally Leaves Life In The Circus Behind After 35 Years

For nearly 53 years of her life Rhea has suffered in the circus – according to Wildlife S.O.S she faced ‘horrific abuse and neglect.’ She is thought to have been poached from the wild as a calf, torn from her family she would have spent her childhood years being ‘beaten into submission, punished regularly and deprived of food and water.’

For nearly all 53 years of her life, Rhea has been a #CircusElephant, facing horrific abuse and neglect. As we get…

Posted by Wildlife S.O.S on Tuesday, 12 April 2016

According to the Wildlife S.O.S blog she would have been kept in confined spaces, chained painfully, and subjected to trauma and unimaginable pain – her only comfort being her two fellow captives, Mia and Sita. Fortunately for Mia and Sita, Wildlife S.O.S were able to secure their freedom back in November 2015, but lacked the require paperwork to free Rhea as well. They came back and fought for Rhea and have finally secured her release. Here she is getting loaded onto a truck to get on the road to freedom…

Rhea the Elephant Leaves Circus Life BehindHere’s a video of Rhea boarding our rescue vehicle… even though it’s short, we thought you would love to see it! The caravan has now crossed into Andhra Pradesh (neighboring state). Rhea was restless at first, but soon settled down. Our team reports that she is incredibly vocal, and they are hearing lots of “squealing and squeaking.” ? ?

To help Rhea start her new life, please donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1432730


Posted by Wildlife S.O.S on Friday, 15 April 2016

‘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.’ – Wildlife S.O.S blog.

Our co-founder Kartick Satyanarayan giving Rhea a bath to cool her off before she starts her long journey to her new home.

Posted by Wildlife S.O.S on Friday, 15 April 2016

The suffering is finally over for Rhea and she is on her way to the life she deserves and the medical attention she needs at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura.

Snapshots from the road… Rhea gets a little comfort, conversation, and TLC from Asim, a Wildlife SOS elephant keeper.

(Aren’t these pics the sweetest?!)


Posted by Wildlife S.O.S on Sunday, 17 April 2016

Rhea is quickly getting to know her new handlers. This clip shows her interacting with elephant keeper Babulal when the team decided to take a pit stop to allow Rhea to stretch her legs…

To help Rhea start her new life, please donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1432730