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Wildlife SOS has reported that Jai, a 50-year-old elephant who was made to walk in spiked chains is finally free! The elephant was forced to walk 1,000 miles is now free after the Rajasthan Forest Department contacted Wildlife SOS to help the elephant!

The chains caused excessive damage to Jai’s legs, including chronic wounds and infections.  He will receive long-term treatment and care in the hands of Wildlife SOS and The Elephant Hospital in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh will also provide veterinary care for Jai.

Image Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO Wildlife SOS said in an emailed statement, “We are grateful for the intervention by Rajasthan Forest Department to save this elephant from distress and also appreciate the quick approval issued by Uttar Pradesh Chief Wildlife Warden to transport this elephant. To see the spiked chains embedded deep in the legs of this elephant was a horrifying sight. The life of a begging ele-phant is riddled with pain and they suffer severe mental stress that takes years to heal. Now that Jai has arrived safely at the Elephant Hospital, we can ensure that he gets the life he deserves.”

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