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World 'Do you believe': Pakistan elephant set for flight after Cher campaign

10:05  29 november  2020
10:05  29 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Following years of public outcry and campaigning by American pop star Cher, the "world's loneliest elephant" was poised Sunday to embark on a mammoth journey from Pakistan to a sanctuary in Cambodia.

a person standing in front of an elephant: Kavaan, 'the world's loneliest elephant' is heading to a sanctuary in Cambodia following a social media campaign by US pop star Cher © Farooq NAEEM Kavaan, 'the world's loneliest elephant' is heading to a sanctuary in Cambodia following a social media campaign by US pop star Cher

The famed singer and Oscar-winning actress has spent recent days at the Islamabad zoo to provide moral support to Kaavan -- an overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant -- whose pitiful treatment at the dilapidated facility sparked an uproar from animal rights groups and a spirited social media campaign by Cher.

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Cher meeting Imran Khan in Islamabad after years of campaigning for Kaavan the elephant . The singer, who has for years campaigned for Kaavan the elephant and is helping pay for his move, arrived in the Pakistan capital this week to see the animal before the flight to Cambodia on Sunday.

Pop icon, Cher meets with Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan after campaigning to help free a lonely elephant , Kaavan. We can see Kaavan being acclimatised to the container in which he will be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia.

a large elephant with its mouth open: With musical performances and heartfelt messages, Pakistanis said their final goodbyes to the country's only Asian elephant ahead of a planned move to Cambodia following a years-long campaign by animal rights activists for his relocation. © Muhammad DAUD With musical performances and heartfelt messages, Pakistanis said their final goodbyes to the country's only Asian elephant ahead of a planned move to Cambodia following a years-long campaign by animal rights activists for his relocation.

Kaavan's case and the woeful conditions at the zoo resulted in a judge this year ordering all the animals to be moved.

"Thanks to Cher and also to local Pakistani activists, Kaavan's fate made headlines around the globe and this contributed to the facilitation of his transfer," said Martin Bauer, a spokesman for Four Paws International -- an animal welfare group that has spearheaded the relocation effort.

Cher "has quite a big platform so we have really appreciated what she has done for Kaavan since 2016."

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Pop icon, Cher meets with Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan after campaigning to help free a lonely elephant , Kaavan. We can see Kaavan being acclimatised to the container in which he will be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia.

Cher is visiting Pakistan to help move the “world's loneliest elephant ” to a new sanctuary after years of neglect. On Friday (27 November), the “ Believe ” Cher , who has for years campaigned for Kaavan the elephant and is helping pay for his move, arrived in the Pakistan capital this week to see the

Dubbed by the press as the world's loneliest elephant, Kaavan is the only Asian elephant in Pakistan -- the tiny number of other pachyderms at other zoos are African.

Cher recently arrived in the Pakistani capital to see the elephant before the long journey to a 10,000-hectare (25,000-acre) Cambodian wildlife sanctuary, with Prime Minister Imran Khan personally thanking the 74-year-old star.

She was due to fly to Cambodia on Sunday to be in the Southeast Asian nation when the elephant arrives.

A team of vets and experts from Four Paws have spent months working with Kaavan to get him ready for the trip to Cambodia, which has included training the elephant to enter a massive metal transport crate that will be placed in a cargo plane for the seven-hour flight.

Zoo officials have in the past denied Kaavan was kept in substandard conditions or chained, claiming instead the creature was pining for a new mate after his partner died in 2012.

But Kaavan's behaviour -- including signs of distress such as continual head-bobbing -- raised concerns of mental illness.

Activists also said Kaavan was not properly sheltered from Islamabad's searing summer temperatures.

Kaavan's mate Saheli, who also arrived from Sri Lanka, died in 2012.

Rights groups and conservationists have said that the abysmal conditions at the Islamabad zoo resulted in part from the lack of legislation in Pakistan aimed at protecting animal welfare.

"There's a lot of improvement to be made," said Rab Nawaz with the World Wildlife Federation in Pakistan.

"Kaavan is just one animal. There's lots of animals in Pakistan... which are in miserable conditions."

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'World's loneliest elephant' gets some help from celebrity friend Cher .
Kaavan, the "world's loneliest elephant," has been resettled at a sanctuary in Cambodia after receiving some assistance from iconic singer Cher. © Saiyna Bashir/Reuters Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen beside a crate during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 23, 2020. Kaavan, a 36-year-old, 9,000-pound elephant, was given the nickname after he was diagnosed as being emotionally and physically damaged while living in a zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, for 35 years.

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