The lovely elephant Raju released tears of joy after being released after 50 years in captivity in chains, years in which he daily and regularly experienced all forms of torture and maltreatment.
The big-hearted elephant Raju, after 50 years in chains and big wounds around his legs from the fetters, in which he is treated like nothing else but a property, a subject without feeling and thinking ability, finally got the best gift – freedom.
According to the article in The Dodo, the inexplicably great physical and emotional pain has sustained Raju while treated as a tourist attraction, causing those who held him in captivity earning money for years and years.
Already the elder elephant Raju began to cry after he realized that he would be released. This followed the intervention and the great influence and pressure on the authorities by the charity Wildlife SOS from the UK in July.
Part of the statement given by Wildlife SOS activist Said Pooja Binepal: He has been sold on and on. We believe he has had up to 27 owners. By the time we found him, he was in a pathetic condition.
He wasn’t fed properly and was in a state of hunger and exhaustion. He began eating plastic and paper. His nails are severely overgrown, and he has abscesses and wounds because of his spiked shackles and continually walking on a Tarmac road has led to his footpad overgrowing.”
The charity and the authorities needed it almost a year after they first announced this to make Raju be taken away from the owner and freed. It was a long-standing, legitimate legal process.
Pooja further clarifies: “Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of intolerable cruelty. The team was astounded to see the tears rolling down his face during the rescue. It was incredibly emotional. We knew in our hearts, he realized that he was being freed. Elephants are majestic and highly intelligent animals. We can only imagine what torture the past half-century has been for him. ”
Thanks to the unrestrained venture and the desire of the team of active activists all night, Raju was finally extracted from the chains of his legs, and finally, he could feel relief.
Elephant Conservation and Care Center at Mathura was now the new home of the joyful elephant Raju, 350 miles away from the horror in which he lived, where he could freely socialize and walk with the other rescued elephants and at the same time and adequately be fed and medically treated.
Raju was now happy to live a new life, five decades after he was brazenly kidnapped from his mother and held captive by various owners until he grew old.
On the wildlifesos.org website, you can donate for proper care of Raju. Pooja Binepal pleased with the release of Raju: “Until we stepped in, he never knew how to walk without his shackles,” he explains: “But today he knows what freedom is and will learn what kindness he feels like. ”
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