Sadly, it turned out that Darling was used to being trucked around: She was transported to a local restaurant each evening to greet the diners there.
But the rescuers from Phuket Elephant Sanctuary hoped that Darling had a sense that this time would be different. Her rescuers surrounded her on the hour-long journey to her new home, helping to keep her calm.
When she finally arrived, her previous trainer helped lead her off the truck and into a stream where her feet could feel the cool water. It was probably the first time in many years that Darling had felt such a sensation.