Pakistan’s solely Asian elephant has spent years in grim situations in a controversial Islamabad zoo, the place he suffered from a scarcity of train in addition to cracked and malformed nails on account of residing in an inappropriate construction.
After Kaavan’s associate died in 2012, he was dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” — and since 2016, Cher has been a part of an enormous social media marketing campaign to relocate him.
Kaavan on the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad on June 30, 2016.
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Earlier than the flight, specialists from 4 Paws educated the elephant for the small enclosure and loud noises he’d expertise on the flight, utilizing bananas and different treats.
Cher came upon about Kaavan from individuals on Twitter, in line with a press release from the Smithsonian Channel, which is producing a documentary on the elephant’s story.
“I believed, ‘how can I repair this? How can I save an elephant who’s been shackled to a shed for 17 years and who’s a thousand miles away?’,” Cher mentioned. “That is Free The Wild’s first massive rescue and I’m so proud.”
Forward of his journey, Cher traveled to Pakistan and serenaded Kaavan with the track “A Dream is a Want Your Coronary heart Makes.”
A press release from the Prime Minister’s workplace mentioned former cricket star Khan had thanked Cher, and invited her to take part additional in environmental initiatives in Pakistan.
Extra reporting by Reuters