US star joined campaign for Kaavan to be moved from Islamabad zoo accused of substandard care
Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty ImagesWearing a black face mask, the singer was on hand at Siem Reap airport and waved excitedly at the plane after it landed at about 2.30pm (0730 GMT) on Monday.“I am so proud he is here,” she told AFP, after greeting Kaavan through an opening at the base of the crate. “He’s going to be really happy here,” added
Cher, saying she was hopeful his ordeal was now over.Kaavan’s much-anticipated journey was “uneventful”, said Amir Khalil, a veterinarian from the animal welfare group Four Paws, adding he behaved “like a frequent flyer”. “Kaavan was eating, was not stressed – he was even a little bit sleeping, standing, leaning at the crate wall,” he said.
Once the sole Asian elephant in Pakistan, Kaavan will be transported from Siem Reap to the neighbouring province of Oddar Meanchey, where a wildlife sanctuary with about 600 other elephants will be his new home.“Cambodia is pleased to welcome Kaavan. No longer will he be ‘the world’s loneliest elephant,’” the country’s deputy environment minister, Neth Pheaktra, said. “We expect to breed Kaavan with local elephants – this is an effort to conserve the genetic fold.” headtopics.com
Before Kaavan was transported to the sanctuary, monks offered him bananas and watermelon, chanting prayers and sprinkling holy water on his crate to bless him.His journey is the culmination of years of campaigning from animal rights groups, which say the animal’s behaviour in captivity demonstrated “a kind of mental illness” likely due to the zoo’s woeful conditions.
In May, a Pakistani judge ordered that all the animals at the zoo be moved.Upon hearing about Kaavan’s freedom, Cher had tweeted that the decision marked “one of the greatest moments” of her life.A team of vets and experts from the Austria-based Four Paws spent months working with Kaavan to get him ready for the trip – a complicated process due to his size and the amount of food needed en route. The elephant also had to be taught to enter the massive metal crate that was placed in a cargo plane for the seven-hour flight.
Four Paws, along with Islamabad authorities, also safely moved three wolves and some monkeys from the zoo. Only two Himalayan brown bears, one deer and one monkey remain. Read more: The Guardian »
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So delighted that Kaavan, the solitary, Turkish elephant will be joining 600 other elephants in a Cambodian sanctuary. A happy story for Kaavan. Thank you cher for the light you’ve given to this once poor creature. I bet he was happy to see her. Cher❤️ StateTerrorismChaman I've been placed in a similar situation
Could she not have made a trunk call and saved the journey? Umm? Pandemic? I've been withholding travel all year. 🇩🇪German Chancellor Merkel asserted that the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt in the coming years.She added that 'passing of the recovery fund and the EU budget' could help mitigate the damage done by COVID-19. 🔘Continued police torture of The🇪🇸State.
Brilliant, well done cher and supporters Kindred spirits. i thought she was spiting on GOP in first look. 🌈 90% of news about covid and trump