Cher to go to Pakistan to assist ‘world’s loneliest elephant’

ISLAMABAD: Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to go to Pakistan on Friday to have a good time the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will quickly go away a Pakistani zoo for higher circumstances after years of lobbying by animal rights teams and activists.
Due to safety issues, Cher’s schedule was not made public however “she is on her means,” stated Martin Bauer of 4 Paws Worldwide, a Vienna-based animal welfare group that is led the cost to save lots of Kaavan.
The elephant has languished within the zoo for 35 years, and misplaced his accomplice in 2012.
He was identified by veterinarians as each obese and malnourished earlier this 12 months, and likewise suffers behavioural points.
He is set to depart for a sanctuary in Cambodia on Sunday. Cher took up Kaavan’s trigger and has been a loud voice advocating for his resettlement.
4 Paws, which frequently carries out animal rescue missions, has supplied the medical remedy wanted earlier than Kaavan can journey.
The battle for his relocation started in 2016.
“Due to Cher, but additionally native Pakistani activists, Kaavan’s destiny made headlines world wide, and this contributed to the facilitation of his switch,” Bauer informed The Related Press on Friday.
Even after he is in Cambodia, he’ll require years of bodily and even psychological help, Bauer stated.
Due to the abysmal dwelling circumstances blamed on systemic negligence, Pakistan‘s excessive courtroom in Could ordered the closure of Marghazar Zoo within the capital of Islamabad, the place Kaavan has lived for a lot of his life.
A medical examination in September confirmed Kaavan’s nails had been cracked and overgrown — the results of years of dwelling in an improper enclosure with flooring that broken his ft.
The elephant has additionally developed stereotypical behaviour, shaking his head forwards and backwards for hours, which the medical staff of wildlife veterinarians and consultants blamed on his utter boredom.
For the previous three months, a 4 Paws staff together with veterinarian Dr Amil Khalil and the Islamabad Wildlife Administration Board has been readying Kaavan to depart. Members of the welfare group may even accompany him to the sanctuary.
Bauer lauded the highly effective impression celeb voices can have for animal rights.
“Celebrities lending their voices to good causes are at all times welcomed, as they assist beginning public discourse and elevating stress on accountable authorities,” he stated.
“Across the globe there are animal lovers, well-known and never well-known, and the assist of each single one in every of them is essential,” he added.

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