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Thailand's captive elephants face uncertain future

COVID-19 sparks exodus from tourist sites and calls for post-pandemic reforms

An older and young elephant forge bonds. With Thailand's ban on international tourism, elephants now have more time to socialize than during their time at tourist camps. (Photo by Denis D. Gray)

HUAY PAKOOT, Thailand -- As Thailand witnessed the departure of foreign tourists in the wake of the COVID-19 virus, another exodus, inextricably linked, was gathering momentum. The country's elephants, by the hundreds, were going home.

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