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Cher to visit Pakistan to help 'world's loneliest elephant'

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a Pakistani...

11/27/2020 12:40:00 PM

Iconic singer and actress Cher is set to visit Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave his Pakistan i zoo for better conditions, an animal welfare group says.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a Pakistan i...

By KATHY GANNONNovember 27, 2020 GMTFILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinary from the international animal welfare organization "Four Paws" comforts to an elephant named "Kaavan" during his examination at the Maragzar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will leave his Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinary from the international animal welfare organization "Four Paws" comforts to an elephant named "Kaavan" during his examination at the Maragzar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will leave his Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. headtopics.com

Because of security concerns, Cher’s schedule was not made public but “she is on her way,” said Martin Bauer of Four Paws International, a Vienna-based animal welfare group that’s led the charge to save Kaavan.The elephant has languished in the zoo for 35 years, and lost his partner in 2012. He was diagnosed by veterinarians as both overweight and malnourished earlier this year, and also suffers behavioral issues. He’s set to leave for a sanctuary in Cambodia on Sunday.

ADVERTISEMENTCher took up Kaavan’s cause and has been a loud voice advocating for his resettlement. Four Paws, which often carries out animal rescue missions, has provided the medical treatment needed before Kaavan can travel. The battle for his relocation began in 2016.

“Thanks to Cher, but also local Pakistani activists, Kaavan’s fate made headlines around the world, and this contributed to the facilitation of his transfer,” Bauer told The Associated Press on Friday.Even after he’s in Cambodia, he’ll require years of physical and even psychological assistance, Bauer said.

Because of the abysmal living conditions blamed on systemic negligence, Pakistan’s high court in May ordered the closure of Marghazar Zoo in the capital of Islamabad, where Kaavan has lived for much of his life.A medical examination in September showed Kaavan’s nails were cracked and overgrown — the result of years of living in an improper enclosure with flooring that damaged his feet. headtopics.com

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The elephant has also developed stereotypical behavior, shaking his head back and forth for hours, which the medical team of wildlife veterinarians and experts blamed on his utter boredom.For the past three months, a Four Paws team including veterinarian Dr. Amil Khalil and the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board has been readying Kaavan to leave. Members of the welfare group will also accompany him to the sanctuary.

Bauer lauded the powerful impact celebrity voices can have for animal rights.“Celebrities lending their voices to good causes are always welcomed, as they help starting public discourse and raising pressure on responsible authorities,” he said.“Around the globe there are animal lovers, famous and not famous, and the support of every single one of them is crucial,” he added.

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Cher is AWESOME. 🐘🐘🐘THIS is how Hollywood Icons use their power to do good. IBelieve SaveTheElephants, SaveKaavan Hasn’t he suffered enough ? Major news story! She's already there (Pakistan) and then on to Cambodia. Kaavan, Cher's got you babe! 🐘 👍👍 The species is sentient. They are not for our amusement. Therefore, I am relieved to read that “Pakistan’s high court ... ordered the closure of Marghazar Zoo in the capital of Islamabad.” Let’s hope other governments come to their senses and shutter these 19th century prisons.

shinangovani Not true I wish I could go to this too. Thank you cher 💙 kiki_cliff Thank you cher cher please be safe‼️ yashar How sweet that she has time to care about lonely elephants ... Stay there cher !! Tell them how bad life is for those who have prospered due to a capitalist economy (which has given u all of that money)...and then, please...stay there.

Ivory much regret those who think this news is irrel-ephant but when cher sings the “Shoop-Shoop Song” to Kaavan he will surely trump for joy 🐘 💃🏻💙🎶 'You got me Babe!' I’m sure her charter private jet + entourage arrival will be much appreciated by Pakistan’s wildlife 👍🏻 GoGreen white people's response: all lives matter!😡 Whiteness is a disease man.

Humans are going crazy from being quarantined. Imagine if your entire existence was limited to just your room - not your entire house or apartment - just one single room. That’s what’s making this elephant & other animals in zoos so depressed, even if they were born at the zoo! A visit from a rich human is bound to cheer the old fellow up. I wonder if she'll sing...*rummage*...Do You Believe in Life After Love to him? I hope she does... 😴😴😴😴😴😴😴

Let's hope she has sense enough not to 'photo op' ride him cher Aside from 'lending her voice', how much did Cher chip in to help free this elephant? Will she swim or take an aorplane to get there? Where is Greta on this? Either that’s a terrible pic of her or she’s really let herself go. Stay there. As much as any lonely elephant would be thrilled to see Cher, I don’t think ANY Animal should be kept in zoos. They always look so sad. I secretly want to help them all escape.

So sad it’s taken this many years to help. People are disgusting. Too bad we don't care about people more than we do about animals. Good. He suffering from depression and isolation. Is Cher on her 15th or 16th farewell retirement tour? I’ve lost count. I’m sure the lonely elephant is thrilled about his upcoming visit from Cher.

Jet setting across the world to visit an elephant. Your liberal base in a nutshell. good