With their floppy ears, dangling trunks, and soulful eyes, one's heart can't help but melt at the sight of a baby Asian elephant. While watching a young elephant play, it becomes clear that they behave just as a toddler might. They splash around in the river like a small child would do in the tub, they go out and explore (while staying close to mom, of course), and they have an untarnished love of life and innocence that most of us had before realizing the dangers of the world ... and sadly, just like us, there are plenty of obstacles Asian elephants must face.
Elephant tourism is currently one of the biggest, and most profitable attractions in Southeast Asia. People come from all over the world to cross "riding an elephant" off of their bucket list. But what many of these tourists don't realize is the devastating truth behind this corrupt industry.