Although it's unclear what fate awaits the elephant, or how she came to be captive, her desperation speaks volumes. Indeed, this tragic scene, reportedly filmed at India's Sonepur Mela festival, offers a fleeting glimpse at the sadness of animals illegally bought and sold as mere commodities.
Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), a U.S.-based rescue organization, recently got an inside look at how living beings are treated at the annual festival, writing on The Dodo:
The animals are forced to stand, restrained in their excrements and filth, for days or until sold or traded out of their possession. Elephants with obvious and apparent ailments are given no sympathy, care or attention, they are simply for show and profit.
Click here to read ARM's exposé on the Sonepur Mela festival in full, and to sign your name to a petition calling for the abuses there to end.