Animal rights activist, singer, and icon Cher visited Pakistan at the end of November to save Kaavan the elephant, according to the Associated Press. Kaavan is known as the “world’s loneliest elephant,” and will leave the zoo after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists.
Cher met with Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and visited Kaavan as he prepares to leave for his new home. Martin Bauer, spokesman for Four Paws International said that Kaavan was scheduled to go to Cambodia and live in a sanctuary there. Cher thanked Khan for making it possible to transfer Kaavan to Cambodia.
Cher tweeted about Kaavan, saying,” 🐘Kaavan’s journey to freedom from captivity in Islamabad to Cambodia will be a 2021 @SmithsonianChan documentary ❤️ Help us build Kaavan’s forever home 🏡 http://freethewild.org/donate 🙏🏻 @ftwglobal #KaavansJourney.”
🐘Kaavan's journey to freedom from captivity in Islamabad to Cambodia will be a 2021 @SmithsonianChan documentary ❤️ Help us build Kaavan's forever home 🏡 https://t.co/dzdl4Ew4gn 🙏🏻@ftwglobal #KaavansJourney pic.twitter.com/iTxdzfndNB
Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with animal group Four Paws, has been treating Kaavan’s illnesses over the past few months and getting him ready to travel to Cambodia. Khalil said of the departure, “In the sanctuary in Cambodia … waiting for him is three ladies, three Asian female elephants. Now Kaavan might have a new partner, and share a new life with a partner. Elephants are ambassadors from the jungle, and they deserve to live like ambassadors,” Khalil said. Kaavan lost his partner Saheli in 2012.
Source: Daily Mail/Youtube
Kavaan the elephant was captured when he was just one-year-old. He was taken away from his herd in Sri Lanka and taken to the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan where he has been ever since. His partner died in 2012 and he’s been all alone ever since.
Source: Al Jazeera English/Youtube
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