“World’s loneliest elephant” arrived in Cambodia


        After years in a Pakistani zoo, the "loneliest elephant in the world" has arrived in his new home, Cambodia.  US pop diva Cher, who had campaigned for Kaavan together with animal rights activists, was available to greet him on Monday.  The singer now wants to accompany the elephant to a nature reserve of around 10,000 hectares, where he will also meet fellow elephants again.        </p><div>
        <p>The 36-year-old, seriously overweight Kaavan was put in a special container at the Islamabad Zoo on Saturday and brought to the airport.  Then we went to Siem Reap by plane, where Cher was waiting.  The US pop legend, who wore a black respirator, waved frenetically when the plane with Kaavan landed.</p>            

The trip went without any incident, reported the Austrian veterinarian Amir Khalil of the animal welfare organization Vier Pfoten. Kaavan behaved “like a frequent flyer” and even slept a little at times. During the day the elephant was to be brought to its new home in Oddar Meanchey Province. Around 600 elephants live in the wildlife park there. “Kaavan will no longer be the ‘loneliest elephant in the world’,” said Cambodia’s Deputy Environment Minister Neth Pheaktra.

Kaavan had come to Islamabad Zoo in 1985 at the age of one. There he lived in a small enclosure with almost no leaves or shade and completely alone since the death of his partner Saheli in 2012. Because of his increasingly aggressive behavior, Kaavan is said to have been chained for hours during the day – the zoo denies these allegations.

Animal rights activists have long been concerned, in petitions with up to 400,000 signatures they repeatedly called for Kaavan’s relocation. In May a court in Islamabad ordered his release and tasked the authorities with finding a “suitable” new home for Kavaan. This has now been found in Cambodia.

                            Those: Apa / Ag.                            </span>


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