The three-year-old, who went through his whole life at the infamous Phuket Zoo, was named ‘Dumbo’ by animal rights campaigners who filmed him being forced to dance and do tricks.
Vets said he died from an untreated infection in his stomach related tract, which made him have ‘constant diarrhoea’.
It implied that his body was not absorbing nutrients as it should, making his bones fragile. He turned out to be malnourished to the point that both of his back legs snapped under the heaviness of his own body.
It took keepers three days to understand his legs were broken before they took him for treatment on April 17. He passed on three days after the fact. One of the vets who treated him said the weakening wounds occurred due to a ‘horrible accident.’
She said: ‘It was the worst. His front legs became stuck in some mud while he was holding himself up with his back legs on dry ground. ‘First, he tried to lift himself out with his back right leg, but the bone was too thin and too brittle, and the stress on it caused it to break. So he tried to push himself out of the mud with his back left leg, and that broke, too.’
According to the Moving Animals, the campaign group who filmed the footage said:
‘This is a tragic and horrific end to Dumbo’s heartbreakingly-short life. ‘His skeletal body clearly suggested that he was unwell and could be suffering from undernourishment and exhaustion. ‘I can’t bring myself to imagine Dumbo’s suffering during this time. ‘For Dumbo to die whilst under the so-called “care” and “treatment” of the zoo shows just how neglected these animals are in captivity.’
As Phuket Zoo has not broken any laws, Phuket department officials have claimed that the zoo is free to ‘acquire’ another baby if they choose to do so.