Elephant Raju Weeps With Gratitude As He Is Released From 50 Years In Shackles

9 July, 2014 at 12:03 | Posted in Animal welfare, animals | Leave a comment
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Press People – Huffington Post

An elephant who was cruelly kept in spiked shackles for 50 years has been released.

Held in chains, beaten, abused and living on handouts from passing tourists, Raju was a pitiful sight on the streets of India.

Day after day he was forced to hold out his trunk, begging for a few coins and was often left so hungry he’d eat plastic and paper to fill his empty stomach.

But last week a North London-based charity Wildlife SOS stepped in to save Raju.

During the daring midnight rescue, which saw the beast finally freed on 4 July, tears were seen rolling down his noble face, as if he was weeping with gratitude.

Spokesman Pooja Binepal said: “Raju has spent the past 50 years living a pitiful existence in chains 24 hours a day, an act of intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue. It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realised he was being freed.

“Elephants are not only majestic, but they are highly intelligent animals, who have been proven to have feelings of grief, so we can only imagine what torture half a century has been like for him.

Read more: Elephant Raju Weeps With Gratitude As He Is Released From 50 Years In Shackles VIDEO, PICTURES

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