After we saw the inspiring rescue of Sunder, an elephant who was abused for years and then finally moved to a sanctuary, we thought things couldn't get any more heartwarming. And then came Raju -- an elephant who wept as he was freed from chains that held him for 50 years.
Now, the plight of other elephants who live in conditions like Sunder and Raju is coming to the forefront. There are many elephants living in substandard conditions and one of the most in need of help is Nosey.
Captured in Zimbabwe after her parents were killed, Nosey has spent the last two decades at the Liebel Family Circus in Florida, a traveling circus owned by Hugo "Tommy" Liebel that has a terrible reputation.
Liebel, who also owns and exhibits a spider monkey named Reggie, has received almost 200 citations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act since 1993, some concerning Reggie and some for Nosey, who is about 32 years old now.
According to PETA counsel Brittany Peet, Nosey not only suffers from chronic skin condition, but she's also been videotaped being beaten with bullhooks on several occasions. You can see evidence of her skin condition in this video: