The elephant once dubbed ‘the loneliest in the world’ has now returned to be friends and ‘lives the life he deserves’ a year after being rescued from captivity.
Dr. Amir Khalil of the global animal welfare organization Four Paws said the Kaavan elephant is now thriving in the Cambodian forest a year after being rescued from a Pakistani zoo.
The Asian elephant previously spent 35 years in captivity, and since his mate died in 2012, he has lived alone for the past eight years.
However, one year after his rescue, he thrives in his new home in Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary and lives an elephant-worthy life.
Dr. Amir, a Four Paws veterinarian, said: ‘He has rediscovered his natural instincts and can make friends with other elephants around.
‘Kaavan is living the life he deserves. I’m looking forward to visiting him as soon as possible to witness what a difference the last year made.
‘While Kaavan has yet to mingle with other elephants, the team at CWS continues to monitor his development and will determine if he is interested in having companionship.
‘Until then, neighboring enclosures allow the elephants to get used to each other’s smells and touch each other’s trunks, a friendly gesture.
’35 years in captivity caused a lot of trauma, but Kaavan is making great progress, roaming around his spacious jungle and enjoying bathing in his pond.
‘Back at the zoo in Pakistan, he showed signs of severe behavior problems, shaking his head and pacing around in the bleak enclosure. ”
Kaavan was transported from Pakistan to Siem Reap by plane, and the team had to use innovative techniques to ensure the process was not stressful for the elephant.
Since Kavaan was rescued, the Islamabad High Court has banned the import of new elephants into the country.
Dr. Amir said: ‘The Kaavan’s rescue was an extraordinary experience.
‘We transferred an elephant from Pakistan to Cambodia during a global pandemic, along with Cher, who assisted with the rescue with the organization and national authorities.
‘I’m proud we were part of this truly unique story.’