Kaavan, the "world's loneliest elephant" rescued by pop icon, Cher, has just settled into his new home in Cambodia and, amazingly so, has just made the first contact with another elephant for the first time in 8 years!
Keep scrolling to see the incredible moment for yourself...
Now, Asian elephants like Kaavan truly are an incredible species.With deep family roots and strong emotional bonds, they are far more superior than we give them credit for.
They are incredibly sociable animals.
via: GettyThese elephants are usually spotted in groups of around 6 or 7 females, and they are known to join other groups of elephants to form a larger group.
The elephant is an important cultural symbol...
via: GettyAnd they are very much loved and respected all across the continent.
But sadly, this isn't always the case.
via: GettyAs a result of human activity, the Asian elephant is now listed as endangered, with fewer than 50,000 left in both the wild and captivity.
This is largely thanks to the destruction of their natural habitat.
via: GettyAs urbanization, industrial development, and agricultural expansion increase in countries like India and Indonesia, Asian elephants’ habitats are shrinking rapidly.
And the ones who have survived our destruction?
via: GettyWell, captivity is the only answer.
Around 15,000 Asian elephants are currently living in captivity...
via: GettyAnd it's all thanks to our impact on their habitats. Sadly, a lot of these elephants in captivity suffer tremendously and elephants are usually at the top of a tourist's list when visiting countries across Asia - with locals often cashing in on the exploitation of these animals.
Whether they are being forced to perform...
via: GettyOr used as novelty "rides" for tourists, these elephants are trained and often beaten into submission, which slowly chips away at their souls and characters.
However, not all captive environments are so cruel.
via: GettyThere are so many national parks and organizations that provide these elephants with the environment and care that they deserve.
But the statistics don't lie...And way too many of these beautiful creatures suffer tremendously every single day.
And now, one elephant is finally facing justice!His story, however, has been an utterly tragic one.
Kaavan the elephant has lived a life in chains for the last thirty-five years.The poor creature has known nothing but mental torment, neglect, and loneliness at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.
And to make things even worse...
Go find the happiness you deserve. We are sorry. #loneliestelephantoftheworld #Loveforkavan #KaavansJourney… https://t.co/FOx6sdhB55— Sumera.m.k (@Sumera.m.k)1606791456.0
For years, campaigners have petitioned to free Kaavan from his captivity...Four Paws International, a Vienna-based animal welfare group, led the charge to save Kaavan, and they were the ones to outline how severe his symptoms of mental distress due to the isolated enclosure had become.
Kaavan was tragically known to knock his head repeatedly against the wall...
#KaavanTheElephant we are really sorry, may you get best in rest of your life. We are sorry for not treating you th… https://t.co/n7ruYP78zK— Syed Basit Javed Ali (@Syed Basit Javed Ali)1606719605.0
The campaign went on to be backed by some of the biggest celebs out there...Including pop-icon Cher, who expressed her horror recently at what was happening to the poor elephant.
Well, it seems that all of the campaigning finally had its impact...
THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE. CANT STOP??,??,BEING SICK 2 MY STOMACH.(Ate??in The night & Was SOOOO… https://t.co/exeOBVGlJn— Cher (@Cher)1590083454.0
Chief Justice, Athar Minallah, was the one who ordered the release.He said, "Neither are there adequate facilities nor resources to provide living conditions that would meet the behavioral, social, and physiological needs of the animals."
The Pakistani government agreed on July 17th to let Free the Wild relocate Kaavan to a sanctuary in Cambodia.Ammar Pervaiz - part of a local animal welfare group - tweeted: "Finally, Kaavan is going to Cambodia! I can't express how happy I am for Kaavan. Thank you to all the beautiful souls across the globe who raised their voice and showed their support especially IWMB and advocate Owais Awa."
Kaavan even got a send-off ceremony...
Special Assistant to PM Malik Amin Aslam (@aminattock) says Good bye to Kavaan, the #elephant of the #Islamabad Zoo… https://t.co/7FNpG2pdOp— Ministry of Climate Change, Govt of Pakistan (@Ministry of Climate Change, Govt of Pakistan)1606200697.0
People have been overjoyed by the news...And they have been taking to social media to thank those involved in the rescue of this unfortunate elephant.
And last week, Kaavan was flown to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary!Upon arrival following a safe journey, he immediately received the medical treatment and love that he so desperately needed.
And not to mention...
"I'm proud and happy" @Cher talks about Kaavan's journey during his arrival in Cambodia https://t.co/ZGpTFdLASk— Team Cher Universe (@Team Cher Universe)1606740782.0
Of course, Kaavan has a long way to go with his rehabilitation and treatment...
Finally he is going home ?? Hopefully he'll spend rest of his life happy and peacefully with his Real friends ??… https://t.co/0anyv8y0yN— Furqan Aziz (@Furqan Aziz)1606677489.0
Photos today show Kaavan been introduced to another elephant for the first time in 8 years.
Finally in the company New Friends ????????#Kaavan https://t.co/PKqXsIwSuH— Anika ???? ???? (@Anika ???? ????)1606799513.0