Abused Elephant Wins Freedom in Court

In July, we told you the emotional story of Raju, a 50-year-old male elephant in India who’d been kept in chains until he was rescued with a court order by the British charity Wildlife SOS. Some volunteers said Raju cried as he was freed from his shackles. The elephant has slowly been recovering, but in September, his original owners argued before a court that he was their rightful property and should be returned to them. But now there’s good news for Raju: the court has ordered him to stay with Wildlife SOS. "We are beyond overjoyed that Raju is finally saved,” said the Wildlife SOS founder Kartick Satyanarayan, according to the U.K.’s Independent. "This is a huge victory, not only for Raju, but for every elephant suffering in pain silently.” — Read it at Discovery News


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