‘World’s loneliest elephant’ okayed to stop zoo for brand new life

Islamabad, September 6

An elephant who has change into a trigger celebre for animal rights activists world wide can be allowed to go away his Pakistani zoo and transferred to higher situations, the animal welfare group serving to with the case stated on Saturday.

Dubbed the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ by his supporters, Kaavan has languished at a zoo within the Pakistani capital of Islamabad for greater than 35 years.

Martin Bauer, a spokesman for Four Paws, stated the elephant has been lastly given medical approval to journey, almost certainly to Cambodia, the place he’ll discover companionship and higher situations.

The chubby elephant Kaavan underwent a full medical examination on the zoo on Friday, stated Bauer.

In May, Pakistan’s High Court ordered the Marghazar Zoo closed due to its abysmal situations blamed on systemic negligence.

Rescuing Kaavan from the zoo’s dire situations attracted the eye of animal activists world wide, and celebrities together with 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 stated in a press release launched on Saturday.

He stated Four Paws was invited by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board to soundly switch the remaining animals within the zoo. Kaavan has till now been pressured to reside a solitary life in a small enclosure.

Friday’s medical examination confirmed the elephant was chubby, at the same time as he confirmed indicators of malnutrition. His nails have been cracked and overgrown apparently from years of residing in an improper enclosure with flooring that broken his toes.

“Following the checks, which confirmed Kaavan is strong enough, steps will now be taken to finalize his relocation to an animal sanctuary potentially in Cambodia,” Bauer stated.

His restoration can be an extended one, stated Bauer, including that Kaavan’s wounds are extra than simply bodily. He additionally suffers behavioral points.

Kaavan, who misplaced his accomplice in 2012, has battled loneliness in addition to poor residing situations. Both have taken their toll, stated Bauer in an interview.

“He also developed stereotypical behavior, which means he shakes his head back and forth for hours. This is mainly because he is simply bored,” stated Bauer.

The Four Paws group that carried out Kaavan’s bodily included wildlife veterinarians and consultants.

It wasn’t instantly identified when Kaavan would be capable to journey. Rights activists have lobbied for his relocation since 2016. — AP

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