This poor, sweet baby died whilst the "crushing" was being inflicted on it ~ just so ignorant tourists could ride it in the future.....This is how they are disposing of the body.
Baby elephants are tethered and dragged to a clearing where the crush cage is located. These fragile elephants will be kept in small crates, their front and back legs bound with ropes in order for their limbs to be stretched.
Repeatedly beaten with sharp metal and other tools, the helpless baby elephants will be constantly yelled and screamed at. They are stabbed, burned and beaten, as well as starved of food and deprived of water.
Bull hooks (a tool used in most forms of elephant control) will be used to stab the animal's head, slash the skin and tug the ears. Asian elephants used in trekking (elephant rides), circuses or any other form of entertainment, often have shredded or torn ears from their tissue being ripped and pulled away during the training process. They also often have scars on their foreheads from deep lacerations caused by beatings.
The Phajaan may last from several days to weeks, most elephants go through it when they are 3-6 years, but they can be younger depending on the age at which they were taken from their mothers. They have no rest from physical torture and mental domination. Gradually, their spirits are broken, as their handlers achieve control.
In the final stage of the Phajaan, the elephant’s mahout will bring the animal its first meal with water, and will be the one to ''release'' the elephant and lead it away from the crate. After weeks of torture, mental and emotional abuse, loneliness, confusion and separation, the elephant sees this human figure as its saviour – the one it trusts. This is just another stage of mental and emotional manipulation, of course, but it is how a particular mahout gains such immense control over its animal.
Beatings can continue regularly throughout the elephants' life to remind them of their place. Some of these abused animals eventually snap from the strain of relentless torture, with 5% of captive elephants killing people!
It has been scientifically proven that an elephant will never forget this torment .