Lahore, 30th November: Pakistan’s loneliest and the oldest elephant starts his new life in Cambodia.
Baaghi TV: Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan arrived in Cambodia by cargo plane on Monday to start a new life with fellow mammals at a local sanctuary.
And this became possible with the efforts of the American singer Cher, whose campaign through years helped transporting the lone elephant to its rightful place.
Reports from Dawn News tell that Cher was right at the airport of Cambodia’s second-biggest city Siem Reap to greet Kaavan and was photographed in sunglasses, black face mask and white jacket meeting the vets who accompanied the elephant, who made the long journey in a custom-made crate.
Animal rescue organisation Four Paws said Kaavan had another 90-minute drive ahead and would likely arrive at the sanctuary after nightfall, so he would be released in daylight on Tuesday.
“Kaavan was eating, was not stressed, he was even a little bit sleeping, standing leaning at the crate wall. He behaves like a frequent flyer,” said Amir Khalil, a Four Paws vet.
“The flight was uneventful, which is all you can ask for when you transfer an elephant.”
The award-winning singer was with a film crew documenting Kaavan’s story and said she was proud to be part of an effort to free an elephant she said had been shackled for 17 years.
Dozens of wildlife workers and experts from Four Paws used a winch and rope to pull the sedated elephant into the crate before he was loaded onto the Russian-built cargo plane.
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