Critter Web Smiles: Elephant Weeps While Being Rescued After 50 Years Of Mistreatment

Raju the elephant, kept in chains in India for 50 years, 24 hours a day as a tourist attraction, has been rescued by specialist teams from Wildlife SOS. When found, Raju’s chains had become embedded in his legs and the signs of his mistreatment were clear for all to see.

The team report that while being rescued, tears rolled down the elephant’s face. This incredible story shows the true connection animals have with humans and brings to light all too vividly how lost they must feel when those same humans abuse that connection for their own gain.

Raju is now being well cared for at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center at Mathura, India, where he has even made friends with Phoolkal, an elephant from a sadly all too similar background.

To find out more about Raju’s incredible story, watch the video here (warning: contains some disturbing footage… but has a happy ending!):

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