VIDEO: Raju The Elephant Rescued From Chains Thriving In New Home And Even Has A New Best Friend
Remember Raju the elephant who was held in captivity for over 50 years after he was poached in India? The animal was held in chains which were spiked and forced to survive off whatever tourists could give him to eat before being rescued by wildlife charity SOS who freed him during a midnight operation.
The elephant was transported to an Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in northern India, and now three days later is said to be thriving in his new home.
Raju even made friends with his new family, another rescue female elephant Phoolkali who regularly shares her evening meals of mangoes, jackfruit, bananas and biscuits.
Staff at the conservation centre are now treating Raju’s leg wounds and injuries caused by years in shackles, but have said he is still learning to trust humans again.
One of his rescuers, Mr. Satyanarayan told the Daily Mail:
"It will be a long rehabilitation process, but we will teach him that humans don't mean pain and brutality, but it's going to take time."
Raju is easing into his new life in the sanctuary, with staff ensuring he is getting enough rest and food in his new home.
Video via Daily Mail