A distressing video has emerged of a dishevelled elephant being beaten and prodded with sharp objects shortly before she died.
Laxmi, a 30-year-old elephant, was beaten and starved to death by her cruel owners in India.
She was poached from the wild as a calf and separated from her mother and herd.
The endangered animal was sold into the illegal elephant trafficking industry and subjected to years of abuse and malnourishment that left her body fragile and weakened.
The severely underweight creature was unable to support the weight of her body with her bony frame.