Pakistan said goodbye to Kaavan the lonely elephant on 23rd November at the Islamabad Zoo. The overweight bull elephant had stayed at Marghazar Zoo for 35 years and is about to start his new life in a sanctuary in Cambodia.

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The lonely elephant was given a farewell filled with musical performances in Islamabad. It was a great event with balloons, treats & music. Even the President of the country, Arif Alvi was present to say goodbye to Pakistan’s only Asian elephant.

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Dr. Samar Khan, an activist, told The Koala in an interview, “Kaavan has been in the zoo for 33 years, 28 of those years were spent chained to his shed”

Further adding, “I first came across him when he was chained and wrote a petition on Change.org for his freedom. After the petition the zoo unchained him but sanctuary was refused until this year.

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Dr. Samar worked together with Dr. Amir and other volunteers from Islamabad to help free Kaavan. He also said, “I think it affected a lot of people deeply to see such an intelligent animal chained to the point of psychosis. Cher was one of the people who also got to know of Kaavan and joined the cause. This is a culmination of five years of joint efforts and many frustrations. The farewell party was a lovely affair and a great way to show that Pakistan does care about its animals and wants the best for them.”

Kaavan was sent to Pakistan as a gift from Sri Lanka when he was just a little baby. The elephant was also joined by his mate Saheli as well. However, she passed away in 2012. He gained a lot of popularity on social media after concerns were raised about his mental health and the conditions of Marghazar Zoo.

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Singer Cher has been advocating for the release of the elephant for a long while and now he’s finally found freedom!

Cher also shared her enthusiasm about Kaavan’s freedom on Twitter and claimed that she will greet the elephant in Cambodia. She wrote, “AHHH KAAVAN’S TRAVELING CRATE & HOME WHEN HE GETS TO CAMBODIA. ITS LIKE A DOG CRATE. A VERY HUGE DOG CRATE. IN BEGINNING IT WILL MAKE HIM FEEL-SAFE & COMFORTABLE. CAN’T WAIT TO SING TO HIM ON WAY TO CAMBODIA. I HAVE TWO SONGS.”

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Currently, Kaavan has been under special training to make his trip to Cambodia, Sri Lanka easier. Moreover, his trainers claim that he has been doing well in his work.

We wish Kaavan all the best for his future life in Cambodia!

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