Pictured: Pupy the African elephant jailed in a zoolike park in Buenos Aires

Pupy, an African elephant, stands in the doorway of his enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko / AP.

Pupy, an African elephant, stands in the doorway of his enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko / AP.

Sad

There is something particularly sad to me about the capture and lifelong imprisonment of wild animals — especially the elephant.

The only ones who seem to suffer more in captivity than the elephant, often to the point of madness, are polar bears. I have observed several who met that fate over the years.

Although a horse racing photographer by trade for more than a decade in the UK and parts of Europe, I was often asked to photograph anything from a favorite pet to wild animals kept in zoos. What I saw in those zoos broke my heart over and over. It got to where I couldn’t accept the assignments.

What a provocative image of this dear soul.

The full description accompanying the image reads:

Pupy, an African elephant, stands in the doorway of his enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A year ago the 140-year old Buenos Aires zoo closed its doors and was transformed into a park. The first director decided that the animals should be housed in buildings that reflected their countries of origin. A replica of a Hindu temple was built for the Asian elephants.
Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP.

Source: The Guardian.

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