#1 – Mia discovers that boarding a rescue truck is less scary when you’ve already made a new friend.

 

#2 – Sita dangles her trunk over the side both to get snacks and to wave at people she passes.

#3 - During a pit stop, both girls find out that mud baths are everything they hoped they'd be and more

#3 – During a pit stop, both girls find out that mud baths are everything they hoped they’d be and more.

 

#4 - Mia gets some TLC for her feet, even before she arrives at the rescue center

#4 – Mia gets some TLC for her feet, even before she arrives at the rescue center.

 

#5 - Our team stops at a sugarcane factory to pick up snacks for the VIPs (very important passengers)

#5 – Our team stops at a sugarcane factory to pick up snacks for the VIPs (very important passengers).

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#6 – Her multi-day journey finally over, Mia walks off the vehicle and into her new life at our rescue center.

 

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#7 – After five decades tethered in the circus, Mia and Sita walk free as they explore their new home.

 

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#8 – Mia looks happy, even seems to wave to the camera, on her first day of freedom.

 

#9 – Sita wastes no time taking her first dip in the pool. Although she is now over 50, we believe this was her first time ever getting to swim.

 

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#10 – ¬†Shortly after arriving at the rescue center, Mia lies down and goes into a deep sleep. While we don’t know exactly when Mia was last allowed to do this, it’s clear that this is something she has needed for a long time. Sweet dreams, sweet Mia. You’re safe now.