Elephants are extremely social creatures. They form groups, and sometimes join up with other herds. The females stay together, raising each others young and communicate constantly with one another. Female asian elephants are never alone in the wild.
Manilla Zoo, Philippines Mali is the only Asian Elephant in the zoo. In fact she is the only elephant in captivity in the Philippines. The 38-year-old gentle giant has been an occupant of the zoo since she was taken from her mother at the age of 3, spending all of her life in a concrete enclosure.
After capturing the attention of concerned citizens, an animal rights group was contacted and Dr. Mel Richardson, a veterinarian and expert on elephants, was sent to evaluate Mali. His findings expressed concerns both for her physical and mental health.
Mali’s feet (which have only known the feel of concrete) are showing ailments including cracked nails, overgrown cuticles…
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