Captive elephants in Indonesia's Surabaya Zoo and Ragunan Zoo are being held in extremely cruel conditions, show photos recently obtained by The Dodo.
"I have never seen ... this before," says a staff member of an animal advocacy organization. The source sent the photos to The Dodo, but requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of animal welfare work in Indonesia.
The photographs of the elephants were taken on a recent visit.
At both zoos, says the staff member, the elephants were restrained in a severe and agonizing manner. The animals are not only chained to the enclosures by their back legs, but their front legs are tied together. "I have visited zoos across the world, many of which unfortunately chain their elephants. But I have never seen elephants with leg ties as well as chains," the staffer told The Dodo.
With the additional leg ties, the elephants are unable to even move backwards and forwards freely, restricting them to "hobbling" or "hopping."