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    The World's Loneliest Elephant Is Going To Get His Happy Ending

    An update on Kaavan, the loneliest elephant in the world!

    There's a new update on Kaavan and the rest of the animals located at Pakistan's Marghazar Zoo.

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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    On Oct. 12, the Zoo confirmed that in November, Kaavan will be transferred to Cambodia's Wildlife Sanctuary, which is great news!

    To catch you up, Kaavan was recently deemed the "world's loneliest elephant" because he is the only member of his species in the entire zoo.

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    Kaavan and many other animals are currently located at Marghazar Zoo, which was originally a wildlife sanctuary that opened in 1978 but has since deteriorated.

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. being fed by veterinarian.
    FOUR PAWS

    According to animal welfare organization Four Paws, "The zoo repeatedly made headlines because of its poor keeping conditions." And in July 2020, a video was released showing two lions fighting against a fire that was purposely set by handlers hoping to move them to a crate in their enclosure. The lions passed away due to smoke inhalation.

    Kaavan came as a gift to Pakistan from Sri Lanka in 1985 and was once accompanied by his partner Sahel from 1990 until her passing in 2012.

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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    Since her passing, Kaavan has lived essentially alone.

    Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian at Four Paws, has been assigned as the leading veterinarian for Kaavan and his relocation from Marghazar Zoo to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan with his veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil smiling at the camera
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    In a release statement by Four Paws, Dr. Amir Khalil said that this journey brings him extreme joy in knowing Kaavan's suffering will be coming to an end. "I cannot wait to bring him to Cambodia together with the Four Paws team. For the past four years, my partners in Free The Wild — Mark, Gina and I — have been working tirelessly to achieve this moment."

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan with his veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil and FOUR PAWS assistant.
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    Khalil continued, "In the past weeks I have spent almost every day with Kaavan, talking and singing Frank Sinatra songs to him. This may seem absurd to outsiders, but it allowed me to build a close relationship with the elephant."

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan with his veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil and FOUR PAWS assistant.
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    "Now he is ready to work with his trainer. As his personal physician, I will not leave Kaavan's side during his entire journey.”

    Image of Kaavan the elephant at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan with his veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil.
    FOUR PAWS

    To get Kaavan ready for his new reality, he will be trained over the coming weeks to enter his crate securely and safely.

    Four Paws is an international animal welfare organization that helps relieve animals from distressed situations all around the world. Their mission is to help animals — and at Pakistan's Marghazar Zoo, they are doing just that.

    Photo of Kaavan the elephant eating some greens
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    Aside from Kaavan, two Himalayan brown bears, five monkeys, and one deer are also located at Marghazar Zoo, and solutions are currently being finalized for their removal. Four Paws has successfully relocated all rabbits, several monkeys, and three wolves from the zoo into happy new homes.

    Here's to Kaavan and to all the animals who were rescued — can't wait to hear what's next!

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