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Incredible sight of the elephant that cried: Raju was held in chains for fifty years and on the day he was released tears rolled down his face

Wildlife SOS, a group established in 1995 to protect endangered wildlife in India, set out to rescue Raju on the night of July 2. Raju is around 50 years old and was likely captured as a baby and bought and sold many times over the course of his life. He was forced to work as a begging elephant in Allahabad. His legs were bound in spiked chains that made walking difficult and left him with chronic wounds. He was also beaten.

“Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of ­intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," Pooja Binepal, a spokesman for Wildlife SOS, said, per the Mirror. "It was incredibly emotional. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed. Elephants are majestic and highly intelligent animals. We can only imagine what torture the past half a century has been for him."

"They [the rescue team] went in to rescue him and they [his captors] had bound him up so tightly that he was in a lot of pain," she said. "The vet and our team came with fruits and just started speaking softly to him and to reassure him that we were there to help, and it was at that time that tears flooded down his face. The founder of Wildlife SOS, who was there are the time of the rescue, said .... that really caught him off guard. They've done a lot of elephant rescues and the fact the the tears were just coming down ... he was weeping. It was an emotional moment and everyone was more motivated to get him on the truck and to safety."


Raju was taken to the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura. On July 4, the same day Americans celebrated their independence, Raju took his first steps of freedom. Sharp said he is doing "fabulously." The Wildlife SOS team is prepared to help make Raju comfortable in his new life and to rehabilitate him by treating his physical wounds and introducing him to other elephants at the center.
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Responses to "Raju The Elephant Cries After Being Rescued (VIDEO)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thankyou guys,im in tears thankyou god bless everybody who was involved in this great jobb.

  2. Anonymous says:

    WHAT A WONDERFUL THING YOU DID,,, THANK YOU.. YOU ALL HAVE BIG BIG HEARTS.. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO GOD WILL REWARD YOU MANY TIMES OVER.. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  3. Anonymous says:

    such a wonderful work....thank you

  4. God Bless you! Now precious Raju can finally live a peaceful life. The tears are rolling down my face right now. I'm so thankful for your organization!

  5. Khani says:

    Every single living species on the planet. One thousand years plan. David Pearce.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you and bless you all!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    He looks so cute trying to check out his sore spot. You can hear them trying to tell him to stop poking about. How lovely is that?

  8. Ken Chain says:

    How one could not feel for this beautiful animal and the suffering he has endured is unimaginable. One can only wish him peace and good health so that he lives out his life knowing that not all humans are cruel.

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