Raju the elephant

After Being Rescued From 50 Years Of Abuse, This Old Elephant Actually Cried.

There are too many cases of animal cruelty across the globe that would shock you with their ferocity. The story of Raju the elephant is just one of those stories.

For 50 years, Raju was held captive in the Uttar Pradesh area of India. Day after day, massive spiked chains cut into his starved, frail flesh. His “owner” tied him and forced him to beg for handouts from tourists, holding out his trunk.

One day, the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department in India alerted a North London-based charity, Wildlife SOS, of Raju’s plight. When they discovered what this poor creature had to deal with, the group flew to India to rescue him.

They never expected what Raju did during his incredible rescue.

A 10 person team of vets and wildlife experts were joined by 20 forestry department officers and 6 police officers. Raju had an army rescuing him.

Raju the elephant

They found Raju chained, as he was for years.

Raju the elephant

The team attempted the rescue at night, so that there would be less interference from bystanders or his “owner.”

Raju the elephant

Raju’s wounds were constantly open; the spikes on his chains dug into his flesh every day. They oozed and bled.

Raju the elephant

After being freed, tears of joy actually rolled down Raju’s face.

Raju the elephant

“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 realized he was being freed.”

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The elephant was emaciated and in terrible condition.

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He was sedated and then transported to the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre at Mathura.

Raju the elephant

His open-air ride was one of his first tastes of true freedom.

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Once at the center, Raju was given a bath and emergency medical attention.

Raju the elephant

He was fed and loved…

Raju the elephant

The long and difficult rescue was emotional for Raju, but also for his saviors.

Raju the elephant

Now, he’ll live out his days being happy, free from pain and suffering.

Raju the elephant

(H/T Daily Mail & ViralNova)

The heroes at Wildlife SOS saved Raju from decades of torture. He will finally know freedom and days without pain and torture. It’s incredible that he was able to survive this long and endure such abuse.

Click below to share his amazing rescue with others. If you see animal abuse, say something. Don’t let innocent creatures suffer.


9 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Something to Stu (stew) Over and commented:
    I just had to share this! After writing my post on Chains and seeing the injuries and suffering many elephants go through at the hands of their masters I have a great respect for these mighty giants.
    His tears upon freedom reminded me of mine when Christ set me free from my chains of addiction.

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  2. I saw this somewhere else and it’s such an horrific story but a beautiful ending…just so sad that a human could do this to such a magnificent beast who deserved a far better life 😦 It reminded me of the dancing bears, I will never forget seeing a documentary on them and seeing the fear and degradation in their eyes. Thank god there are people out there to save these poor creatures from real animals 😦

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