Elephant tourism in Thailand sometimes results in the abusive treatment of the animals involved. And overseas visitors who pay to ride on the backs of elephants, or to watch them perform circus stunts, are only contributing to the problem. This pair of pachyderms, however, were given a chance to break free.
Part of the wider problem is being able to encourage tourists to appreciate the situations elephants are in. And this is something that Christian LeBlanc, a travel blogger from Vancouver, Canada, is trying to help with.