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Baby elephant chained up in tiny concrete cell enduring brutal training to be sold to a circus


Suman cries for her mother as she struggles against the ropes holding down her legs in a concrete cage just a dozen feet wide.

The six-year-old elephant calf has not seen her mother Chanda since she was illegally bought from a circus and moved to another state in India.

Instead of being nurtured into adulthood, Suman is trained using brutal techniques that will scar her so she can be sold to a circus or a temple.

Suman cries for her mother as she struggles against the ropes holding down her legs in a concrete cage just a dozen feet wide

Suman cries for her mother as she struggles against the ropes holding down her legs in a concrete cage just a dozen feet wide

Secretly recorded video shows the miserable elephant bobbing and weaving her head uncontrollably from the psychological damage inflicted on her.

Suman is being held by Sameer ‘Ballu’ Khan, who buys and sells elephants on the black market and rents them out as entertainment, wildlife groups allege.

The brutal animal enslaver loans them to TV shows, weddings and other functions without declaring any income and uses it to buy land and more elephants.

Chanda is used to give rides to tourists in Jaipur and Suman’s father Bijli is rented out for festivals, weddings and processions.

Instead of being nurtured into adulthood, Suman is trained using brutal techniques that will scar her so she can be sold to a circus or a temple

Instead of being nurtured into adulthood, Suman is trained using brutal techniques that will scar her so she can be sold to a circus or a temple

Suman's her mother Chanda is used to give rides to tourists in Jaipur

Suman’s her mother Chanda is used to give rides to tourists in Jaipur

Mr Khan has also allegedly been filmed attacking elephants with axes in an effort to break their spirit so they will be easier to train.

Elephants can’t be legally bought, sold, or moved across state lines under Indian law, but black market traders flaunt the law and pay cash.

Suman was bought from a circus not long before the government shut it down and seized all its mistreated animals to be rehabilitated in rescue centres.

Wildlife SOS rescuers said Suman will soon be sold to a wealthy buyer and disappear unless the government acts to take her from her captors.

Chanda is forced to live without her calf

Suman's father Bijli is rented out for festivals, weddings and processions

Chanda lives without her calf while Suman’s father Bijli (right) is rented out for festivals, weddings and processions

But they said the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau did nothing after it was notified of the baby elephant’s situation.  

‘I am so horrified by the precarious situation that this baby elephant is in,’ TV presenter and Wildlife SOS patron Paul O’Grady said.

‘It is heartbreaking but we all have to do something to save these elephants from the evil hellhole in Jaipur.’ 



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