Lonely elephant transferred to Cambodia sanctuary

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30 November 2020 Pets4Company

Kaavan, a 35-year-old Asian elephant, will finally be able to live in peace with others of the same species after years of mistreatment!

This Sunday began the long road that separates Kaavan from a better life in the company of other elephants after years of mistreatment at a zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Kaavan's case was already known. The zoo in which it was located was closed in August after government order due to the deplorable condition of the facilities and their animals. A campaign was underway to save the pachyderm since 2016, but only 4 years later a light had appeared at the end of the tunnel.

Singer Cher, who arrived last week in Pakistan to be with Kaavan, had sparked a movement with animal rights activists in Pakistan. Thanks to her influence the situation of the lonely animal made headlines around the world, which made it possible to transfer him to the sanctuary.

The singer, who also contributed financially to the rescue, traveled to Cambodia to meet Kaavan when he finally arrives.

The transportation process started this Sunday. The team of veterinarians from the Four Paws International association took about 7 hours and a dozen keepers to calm Kaavan and get him back into a metal box prepared for transport. This whole process is done slowly and methodically to ensure the animal's physical and psychological well-being. According to the team, if Kaavan got scared or ran away, it could take months before they could restore their confidence so they could try again and the situation didn't allow any more delays.

Kaavan, who has been alone since the death of his mate, Saheli, in 2012, now has three female Asian elephant waiting for him at the sanctuary. It can also count on the support of a team to assist with various treatments taking into account the poor condition of its paws after years in humid and dirty environments. Elephants are extremely social animals and years of captivity and solitude will not only have left physical wounds.

About 30 other animals have already been removed from the zoo and many more are waiting for their turn.

On our part, we wish Kaavan the best of luck!