At first, some people didn't understand why anyone would bother trying to save a 70-year-old elephant from the elephant ride industry.
"There were a couple of people that made the passing comment that we were wasting our time and energy, even making the suggestion we should help younger, healthier elephants that would live longer," Emily McWilliam, cofounder and manager of Burm & Emily's Elephant Sanctuary (BEES) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, wrote. "We knew we had to help her."
But over the last few months, Mae Mor has experienced how pleasurable life can be, finally free from coercion and abuse, showing that all the effort to save her was well worth it. Those months ended up being the last she spent on Earth. Even though she passed away last week, she finally got the life she deserved.