An elephant named Kaavan suffered in the small confines of his zoo enclosure for 35 agonizing years.Kaavan is 36 years old, weighs 9,000 pounds, and spent the majority of his life chained up in a now-defunct Pakistan zoo.He was gaining weight, becoming sicker with each passing year, and suffering from neglect, depression, and a variety of medical problems.The fact that Kaavan’s female partner died inside his enclosure is one of the most heartbreaking aspects of his story.
Her body lay beside him for days after she died.His mental and physical damage was exacerbated by his grief and trauma.Kaavan’s nails were neglected to the point where they were overgrown and painful.He had spent so much time alone that all he could do was pace his enclosure, repeatedly shaking his head to relieve boredom.It’s no surprise that Kaavan has been dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant.”
His story, thankfully, now has a happy ending.Animal advocates fought for years to find Kaavan a new home that would restore his health and happiness.The legendary pop icon Cher then stepped in to assist.Cher then took to Twitter to announce that she had met with Prime Minister Imran Kahn and that Kaavan would be relocated to a safe haven.
“Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” she tweeted.
Cher is also working on a documentary about Kaavan’s life.