He used to live in a dirty shack.
He was stolen from his mother when he was just a few months old, denied a life growing up by her side in the wild. Instead, he was chained up and shackled by his owners, who intended to break his spirit so that he could be used as a trekking elephant.
His only company was an older female elephant, who had no interest in caring for him. As a result, Mee Chok became aggressive, according to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), based in Thailand.
"Mee Chok had wounds on his face and ears, was dehydrated, and thin," BLES wrote on its website. "He was lashing out all over the place, angry and confused by being confined and restricted." When BLES learned about Mee Chok's plight, the sanctuary worked to spread his story across social media - and soon, BLES was able to raise enough money to rescue Mee Chok from the grips of a bleak future.