For 35 excruciating years, an elephant named Kaavan suffered inside the small confines of his zoo enclosure.

Kaavan is 36 years old and weighs 9,000 pounds,and for most of his life, he was chained up in a now-defunct Pakistan zoo.

He was gaining weight, becoming sicker with each passing year,  and suffering from neglect, depression, and a variety of medical problems.   The fact that Kaavan’s female partner died inside his enclosure is one of the most heartbreaking aspects of his story.

Her body lay beside him for days after she died.His mental and physical damage was exacerbated by his grief and trauma.Kaavan’s nails were neglected to the point where they were overgrown and painful.He had spent so much time alone that all he could do was pace his enclosure, repeatedly shaking his head to relieve boredom.It’s no surprise that Kaavan has been dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant.”

Thankfully, his story now has a happy ending.

For many years, animal advocates fought to find Kaavan a new home that would restore his health and happiness.

Then legendary pop icon Cher stepped in to help.

Cher then took to Twitter to share the news that she’d met with Prime Minister Imran Kahn and that Kaavan would be moved to a sanctuary.

Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” she tweeted.

Cher is also working on a documentary about Kaavan’s story.


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