Elephants are social, intelligent and magnificent creatures that deserve our utmost respect. Sadly though elephants are often kept in the worst conditions. As is obvious, they are very large animals, yet many elephants live in very tiny enclosures. Raju was one of those elephants kept in terribly cruel conditions for his whole life. But recently, thanks to his rescuers, his life has been changed for the better.
Raju lived in chains for over 50 years. During that time he was sold 27 times. You can probably imagine the types of conditions and treatments that this innocent animal endured. During his sad life, he also was hungry and malnourished. Raju would eat plastic and paper that accompanied food that people fed him. It’s hard to even imagine the emotional state of such a sensitive and social animal. My guess is that he felt alone and sad most of the time in addition to feeling hungry and in pain.
Thankfully Wildlife SOS, A North London based charity heard of Raju and set plans up to rescue him. The rescue team consisted of 10 veterinarians and wildlife experts, 20 members of foresty management and 6 police officers.
Raju’s Owner Tried To Stop the Rescue
Even though everything was planned out, Raju’s owner made an attempt to stop the rescue. “He began to shout commands to terrify Raju — and try to provoke him. It created an incredibly dangerous situation as a bull elephant could snap a human like a toothpick if he becomes afraid or angry. When that failed, he then put a series of chains around his legs in an attempt to prevent us removing him, so viciously tight that they were cutting into his legs,” a rescuer said.
Raju Cried Real Tears When He Was Rescued
“The team was astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue. It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed,” a rescuer reported.
The rescue team did not give up, and finally, Raju was removed from his life of torture forever. He is now living in a sanctuary with other elephants while he learns that not all humans are bad.
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