World’s loneliest elephant’ permitted to leave zoo for a much better life

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    Kaavan the elephant, who is being transferred from a dire zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan after a campaign by animal rights activists

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    Kaavan has actually fought isolation in alarming conditions because his partner passed away in 2012 (Picture: AP/Reuters)

    The ‘worlds loneliest elephant’ has actually lastly been permitted to stop his zoo for a clean slate in life.

    An animal well-being group who assisted make the case for Kaavan’s release state his newly found liberty is something activists worldwide can commemorate.

    Known as the ‘worlds loneliest elephant’ by his fans, Kaavan has actually been at a zoo in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad for more than 35 years.

    Martin Bauer, a representative for Four Paws, stated the obese animal has actually been provided medical approval to take a trip, more than likely to Cambodia, where he will discover friendship and much better conditions.

    His assessment likewise revealed that in addition to weighing excessive, Kaavan was likewise malnourished, and his nails were split and overgrown after years of residing in an incorrect enclosure.

    In May, Pakistan’s high court purchased Marghazar Zoo to close down over its abysmal conditions connected to systemic carelessness.

    Rescuing the elephant from alarming conditions had actually drawn in the attention of animal rights activists, consisting of the American vocalist Cher, who lobbied for his transfer.

    Kaavan the elephant, who is being transferred from a dire zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan after a campaign by animal rights activists

    The animal rights group, Four Paws, have actually been assisting Kaavan’s transfer (Picture: AP)

    Kaavan the elephant, who is being transferred from a dire zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan after a campaign by animal rights activists

    The United States pop star Cher is amongst those who have actually been campaigning for his release (Picture: AP)

    However, in a declaration the other day, Bauer stated: ‘Unfortunately, the rescue comes too late for two lions that died during an attempted transfer at the end of July after local animal handlers set a fire in their enclosure to force them into their transport crates.’

    He included that Four Paws was welcomed by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board to securely move the staying animals in the zoo. Until now, Kaavan has actually been required to reside in holding cell in a little enclosure.

    Bauer stated: ‘Following the checks, which confirmed Kaavan is strong enough, steps will now be taken to finalise his relocation to an animal sanctuary potentially in Cambodia.’

    But, Kaavan’s healing will be a long one, stated Bauer, including that his injuries are more than simply physical as the elephant likewise suffers behavioural problems.

    Kaavan the elephant, who is being transferred from a dire zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan after a campaign by animal rights activists

    Kaavan needs to be taken a look at prior to he is permitted to leave the zoo (Picture: Reuters)

    In 2012, the elephant lost his partner and has actually because fought isolation in addition to bad living conditions.

    Bauer included: ‘He also developed stereotypical behaviour, which means he shakes his head back and forth for hours. This is mainly because he is simply bored.’

    The Four Paws group that performed Kaavan’s physical consisted of wildlife vets and specialists.

    It wasn’t instantly understood when Kaavan would have the ability to take a trip as rights activists have actually lobbied for his moving because 2016.

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