A Pakistani Elephant, Kaavan, dubbed the ‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ by his supporters. The animal activists of the region came to rescue the Elephant and arranged a new campaign to dwell.
Kaavan, an elephant, lives isolated for more than 35 years in a Pakistani zoo. It lost its partner in 2012, and the zoo where it lives is being locked due to improper performance.
Martin Bauer, a spokesman for advocacy community Four Paws, took the medical examination and permitted the Elephant to travel in Cambodia after given the medical approval. The medical examination results indicate the Elephant had gone overweight and shows some whiff of malnutrition, he said.
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Experts react to lone Elephant
Injured Kaavan’s nails were damaged and overgrown. Friends of the Islamabad Zoo (FIZ) stated that the personnel wouldn’t leave their job half done. Dr. Amir Khalil stayed with Kaavan, even after completing all his procedures and feeding to make an assurance for the Elephant’s full recovery.
In May, Marghazar Zoo was sealed due to its abysmal conditions blamed on systemic negligence as ordered by Pakistan’s High Court. The movement to heal Kaavan enticed many people around the world, including the animal activists and the US vocalist Cher, lobbied for his relocation, per SAMAA.
“Unfortunately, the local animal handlers failed to rescue two lions that had died at the end of July, during an attempted transfer, after setting fire to their enclosure to force them to step into transport crates,” Mr. Bauer said.
Four Paws are involved in the campaign, invited by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board to transfer the remaining animals out of the zoo safely, he disclosed.
Kaavan’s poor situation over many years
Mr. Bauer said the Elephant had lived lonely, leaving his partner for more than 35 years that causes physical and behavioral problems. He also added that Kaavan’s recovery would be a long one. It seems that days are uncertain about finding its healing.
Kaavan lived in a small enclosure with poor conditions and suffered loneliness during his lifetime, after the death of his partner. He also exhibits stereotypical behavior, which means showing a set of consistent behavioral patterns and topographically heterogeneous behavior. This made him shake his head front and back when people arrive.
He said that Kaavan had gone through many sufferings without his partner, changing its attitude and behavior for more than 35 years. Mr. Bauer finally ended up his declaration by saying, “It is uncertain when Kaavan will completely heal enough to travel.”
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