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World’s loneliest elephant rescued

2020.09.14
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AN elephant that has become a cause célèbre for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave his zoo and transferred to better conditions, the animal welfare group helping with the case said.

 

Dubbed the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ by his supporters, Kaavan has languished in a zoo in Islamabad (伊斯蘭馬巴德), the capital of Pakistan (巴基斯坦), for more than 35 years.

 

Martin Bauer, a spokesman for Four Paws, said the elephant has finally been given medical approval to travel, most likely to an animal sanctuary in Cambodia (柬埔寨), where he will find companionship and better conditions.

 

Kaavan underwent a full medical examination at the zoo on 4 September. In May, Pakistan’s High Court ordered the Marghazar Zoo closed because of its abysmal conditions blamed on systemic negligence.

 

Rescuing Kaavan from the zoo’s dire conditions attracted the attention of animal activists around the world, as well as celebrities like US singer Cher, who lobbied for his relocation.

 

“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,” Bauer said.

 

He said Four Paws was invited by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board to safely transfer the remaining animals in the zoo. Kaavan has until now been forced to live a solitary life in a small enclosure.

 

Kaavan was overweight, even as he showed signs of malnutrition. His nails were cracked and overgrown, apparently from years of living in an improper enclosure with flooring that damaged his feet.

 

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 14 SEP 2020)

 

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