by Laura Goldman · December 05, 2010
During Thailand’s annual Elephant Roundup, 300 captive elephants twirl hoops, throw darts, engage in mock battles and perform other routines for an audience of thousands.
But there was one less elephant performing last year. A severely injured, 40-year-old female named Ratree was rescued from the roundup by Juliette West, a 14-year-old from Pacific Palisades, Calif.
How I Became An Elephant, a documentary about the rescue and the plight of Southeast Asian elephants, premiered this week in Hollywood.