Rescued crying elephant Raju splashes about in pool in India
No need to cry anymore Raju! The elephant whose tears captured the hearts of millions is finally declared free from his former owners
An elephant who was brought to tears after being held in chains and beaten for more than 50 years has finally been declared free from his former abusive owners.
Raju was left bleeding from spiked shackles and living on hand-outs from passing tourists after he was captured and tied up by his 'owner'.
The majestic animal had been forced to hold out his trunk and beg for coins from passers-by – surviving only on plastic and paper for food in the Uttar Pradesh area of India.
Now Raju celebrates by playing in the water at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in India after it was ruled he is finally free of his former abusive owners