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World 'World's loneliest elephant' gets some help from celebrity friend Cher

21:25  30 november  2020
21:25  30 november  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Kavaan, also known as the “ world ’ s loneliest ” elephant , is set to fly to Cambodia to see out the rest of his days in a sanctuary with others of his kind. Cher ’s animal welfare group Free the Wild has spent years working with fellow activists Four Paws International and American philanthropist Eric Margolis

Kavaan, the world ' s loneliest elephant , who became a cause celebre in part because America's iconic singer and actress Cher joined the battle to save him from his desperate conditions at the zoo. US celebrity singer @ cher called on Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI at Islamabad today.

The "world's loneliest elephant" has been resettled at a sanctuary in Cambodia after receiving some assistance from iconic singer Cher.

a baby elephant standing in front of a building: 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. © 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. During that time, Kaavan was mostly chained in his enclosure, and when his partner died in 2012, her body laid next to him for several days before it was removed. Veterinarians have diagnosed Kaavan as being overweight, malnourished and suffering from behavioral issues due to isolation.

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In Pakistan, an elephant has finally been freed after spending years alone in a zoo. After spending most of his 35 years in chains, Kaavan is said to have been showing signs of severe depression. But now that' s all changed, thanks in no small part to Cher .

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Cher, who has been advocating for Kaavan's resettlement along with her animal welfare group Free the Wild, met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday and later visited Kaavan before his flight on Sunday.

Kaavan was tested for COVID-19 before his seven-hour journey, which was complete with 440 pounds of snacks. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian who accompanied him on the flight and works with Four Paws, the animal rescue group that organized the move, described Kaavan as behaving like a "frequent flier," telling The Associated Press that the elephant did not seem stressed and even slept while standing in his crate.

Very few elephants have been relocated by plane, according to Four Paws.

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and actor Cher , the “ world ’ s loneliest elephant ” has embarked on a mammoth move from Pakistan to sedated Kaavan into a specially constructed metal crate, at one point using ropes to help pull him in. Cher visited the elephant at the zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photograph: Sohail Shahzad/EPA.

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On Monday, Kaavan was greeted in Cambodia by chanting Buddhist monks before he made his way north by truck to his new home in the Oddar Meanchey province. Once he feels settled, he will be released from his temporary enclosure and allowed to roam the sanctuary, which houses about 600 Asian elephants, Neth Pheaktra, a spokesman for Cambodia's Environment Ministry, said in a statement.

a group of people wearing costumes: Cher watches as a rescued elephant named Kaavan arrives at the international airport, Nov. 30, 2020, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. © AP Cher watches as a rescued elephant named Kaavan arrives at the international airport, Nov. 30, 2020, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Animal rights groups and activists lobbied for years to relocate Kaavan into better conditions.

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Kaavan will require years of psychological and physical assistance, experts have said. Living in an enclosure with improper flooring caused his nails to crack and overgrow, and he developed a habit of shaking his head back and forth for hours, which veterinarians attributed to boredom.

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  'World's loneliest elephant' starts trip to sanctuary in Cambodia Kaavan, who languished alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, was readied Sunday for his flight to the much-needed company of other elephants. © Provided by NBC News The mammoth task of getting him into an elephant-sized metal box for transport took several hours, and was perhaps the most crucial step in rescuing him from the dire conditions he's lived in for 35 years.

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a large elephant standing in front of a building: 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. © 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.

The elephant has lost half a ton since his diet was changed to fruit and vegetables, Khalil said. He was previously eating about 550 pounds of pure sugarcane every day and some fruits and vegetables.

The Islamabad zoo where he spent much of his life has been ordered to shut down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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