An Asian elephant named Apple, and also known as Pun, spent most of her life giving rides to tourists.
When she became a mother, it looked like her baby daughter was going to be forced to suffer the same fate.
"Suffer" because elephants, before they're dressed up and giving rides, go through an ordeal meant to crush their wild spirits so that tourists can ride on their backs: It's even called the "training crush."
While it's unclear exactly how many elephants endure this torment each year, it's believed that a major threat to endangered Asian elephants is the illegal capture and "training" of young elephants.
But some people were determined not to let that happen to Apple's baby.
"We were informed by an elephant camp that mother and baby would soon be separated from each other as the baby was 'for sale,'" Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) explains.
Apple's baby was only 8 months old at the time.