Prior to her rescue, Suzy was subjected to an unimaginable existence of neglect and exploitation at the hands of her circus handlers. Despite being blind in both eyes, she was offered no reprieve from continual performances, after which she was kept chained up with little opportunity to exercise.
In addition to obvious marks of physical suffering, rescuers say she also showed signs of mental distress from her years with the circus.
"Suzy is such a gentle elephant that it is hard to believe somebody could be cruel and abusive to her," Wildlife SOS veterinarian Vibha Raghuram said in a release. "She has lots of abscesses, injuries and chronic issues that need veterinary intervention. Her feet are also in very bad shape and she needs urgent foot care. I look forward to working with her and making her free from pain and fear at our rescue centre."
(Facebook/Wildlife SOS India)