An Asian elephant dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” has been held in captivity for the majority of his life, but things are finally looking up…
His story is heartbreaking and has captured the hearts of people (and even celebrities) across the globe.
With deep family roots and strong emotional bonds, they are far more superior than we give them credit for.
These elephants are usually spotted in groups of around 6 or 7 females, and they are known to join other groups of elephants to form a larger group.
And they are very much loved and respected all across the continent.
As a result of human activity, the Asian elephant is now listed as endangered, with fewer than 50,000 left in both the wild and captivity.
The first is poaching – Like the African elephant, Asian elephants are relentlessly poached for their ivory tusks.
As urbanization, industrial development, and agricultural expansion increase in countries like India and Indonesia, Asian elephants’ habitats are shrinking rapidly.
And the ones who have survived our destruction?
Well, captivity is the only answer.
And it’s all thanks to our impact on their habitats.
Elephants are usually at the top of a tourist’s list when visiting countries across Asia and locals have been cashing in on the exploitation of these animals for decades now.
Or used as novelty “rides” for tourists, these elephants are trained and often beaten into submission, which slowly chips away at their souls and characters.
However, not all captive environments are so cruel.
There are so many national parks and organizations that provide these elephants with the environment and care that they deserve.
His story, however, is utterly tragic.
And has known nothing but “mental torment,” with the elephant regularly said to be seen swaying and bobbing his head in his enclosure.
He was not only kept in chains but also showing symptoms of mental distress due to the enclosure.
Including Cher, who expressed her horror at what was happening to the elephant.
Activists even dubbed him the “world’s loneliest elephant.”
After a court declared he should be freed and sent to a sanctuary.
He said: “Neither are there adequate facilities nor resources to provide living conditions that would meet the behavioral, social, and physiological needs of the animals.”
Ammar Pervaiz – part of a local animal welfare group – tweeted: “Finally, Kaavan is going to Cambodia! I can’t express how happy I am for Kaavan. Thank you to all the beautiful souls across the globe who raised their voice and showed their support especially IWMB and advocate Owais Awa.”
“[We] are delighted by the news from Pakistan regarding the relocation and retirement of Kaavan, Pakistan’s last remaining Asian elephant… after 5 years of relentless effort by Free the Wild and Team Kaavan.”
Meaning after thirty-five years, he would leave the zoo and move on to a whole new life.
He will be transported to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, where he will not only be given the care he needs but will also have friends to socialize with.
This way he can be trained to get used to it – minimizing stress during the journey.
Keep scrolling for more elephant news, and how tourists in Thailand are being urged not to take the elephant rides that so many people seek when in the country…