Humans have admired and adored elephants for thousands of years. It’s not difficult to figure out why.
Unfortunately, neither their small nor their tenderness have shielded them from human greed and cruelty. While they do have natural predators in the wild, we humans have played a significant role in their predicament.
They have been listed as an endangered species because to the ivory trade and habitat destruction. Humans also employ them to make money at carnivals, as rides, and as tourist attractions.
These wonderful beings are faced terrible circumstances on a daily basis in order to break their will. Thankfully, there are several groups and organisations devoted to saving these elephants and providing them with the life they deserve.
One of these elephants, Raju, was rescued from slavery. His terrible tale went viral a few years ago, and happily, things have changed for the better in his life since then.
Raju wandered the streets for five decades in search of charity for his owner. He was held in rusting chains while he wasn’t roaming the streets.
The elephant was rescued from the streets of Allahabad and sent to the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura to begin his recovery. And it was there that he found what it was like to enjoy life once again.
He discovered what it was like to live a calm and joyful life in freedom again there. More significantly, he regained his ability to trust and love humanity.
His change has been nothing short of miraculous. It only goes to show that elephants are among of the toughest and most powerful creatures on the planet, capable of overcoming challenges that no one should ever have to face.
However, Raju’s rescue is one of the most heartbreaking and dramatic parts of his journey, for both him and his rescuers. There are no words to explain Raju’s gratitude, relief, and delight at the moment.
“It was really emotional,” Wildlife SOS UK’s Pooja Binepal remarked. “The squad was taken aback when they saw tears streaming down his face during the rescue. We had a feeling he sensed he was being let free. Elephants are not only beautiful, but they are also very intellectual creatures that have been shown to experience sadness, so we can only image what he’s gone through over the last half-century.”
Thankfully, Raju is no longer bound by chains. He’s now living the joyful life he deserves, and he’ll be able to spend the remainder of his days in peace.
Raju’s incredible journey may be seen here: