Lonesome Pakistani Elephant Kaavan Starts a New Life In Cambodia

Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan arrived in Cambodia by cargo plane on November 30 to start a new life with 600 fellow pachyderms at a local sanctuary.

Vaishnavi Navalkar

December 3, 2020

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On Monday, November 30, a lonesome Pakistani elephant named Kaavan arrived in Cambodia. The elephant brought by cargo plane was brought to start a new life with fellow pachyderms at a local sanctuary. This happened after years of campaigning for his relocation by American singer Cher. The singer arrived at the airport of Cambodia’s second-largest city Siem Reap to greet the elephant and also met the vets who accompanied Kaavan. The elephant was taken to Cambodia from Pakistan in a custom made crate which had more than 200 kgs food to keep him busy on the way.

The vet at Four Paws, Amir Khalil said,” Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan arrived in Cambodia by cargo plane on Monday (November 30) to start a new life with 600 fellow pachyderms at a local sanctuary. The Flight was uneventful, which is all you can ask for when you transfer an elephant.” The Animal Rescue Organisation Four Paws, while speaking to Wion, said the 36-year-old elephant who spent most of his life at Islamabad Zoo without a companion was released from his crate in daylight on Tuesday, at a sanctuary.

The award-winning singer Cher, who had come to greet the lonesome elephant, also posed for pictures with the elephant. He was seen in a pair of sunglasses and also wore a black facemask, following Covid-19 protocols. Cher has written songs demanding Kaavan’s release from grim, isolated conditions at Islamabad Zoo and she had spent the last few days with him in Pakistan. Several wildlife workers and experts led by Four Paws had used a winch and rope to pull the elephant into the crate before he was loaded onto the Russian-built cargo plane. The crate used to transfer Kaavan had the words #FreeKaavan painted on it. Neth Pheaktra, the Secretary of State and the spokesperson of Cambodia’s Environment Ministry said Cambodia will be an ideal home for the elephant.

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