A man working at an elephant reserve in Thailand simulated drowning to demonstrate the kindness of a certain baby elephant.
The cruelty that some people are able to show towards animals is nothing short of shocking, and since you are reading this article then it's highly likely that you agree with us. From hunting endangered species to mistreating and neglecting domesticated animals in their own homes, it never ceases to amaze us how horrible some people can be.
What makes that cruelty even worse is that almost all of the time, it happens in situations where the animals are completely helpless. Hunting them from afar, merely to keep them as trophies. If that wasn't bad enough, when given the chance most animals show true affection towards humans if we show them the same. If you have pets of your own then you know exactly what we're talking about.
It isn't just animals that we have spent centuries domesticating that show us empathy and love. Just take a look at the video below. Kham Lha is a baby elephant that lives in the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There, she has developed a bond with Canadian park worker, Darrick Thomson. To demonstrate how strong that bond is, Thomson pretended to drown and Kham Lha rushed to his aid.
Kham Lha has called the park her home ever since she was rescued in 2015. Thomson told MailOnline "...she had been tied up and forced to undergo cruel training known as crushing to prepare her to work in the tourist industry." Despite that horrible start to life, the affection Kham Lha has been shown since has evidently restored her faith in humankind, to the point where she will attempt to save a person's life if she thinks they might be in peril.
The act of bravery shown by Kham Lha, even if it was a simulation, is pretty remarkable. That an animal, whose species are hunted and killed for their tusks, who spent the first few years of her life being mistreated by humans could learn to forgive and trust men and women is incredible. Plus, there is talk out there that elephants see humans the same way that we see puppies. If that's true, how could she not wade into the river to save her friend?