‘World’s Loneliest ELEPHANT’ Gains New 600 Friends Upon Moving to Cambodia

‘World’s Loneliest ELEPHANT’ Gains New 600 Friends Upon Moving to Cambodia

‘World’s Loneliest ELEPHANT’ Gains New 600 Friends Upon Moving to Cambodia
Photo: Reuters

The world’s loneliest elephant finally moved to Cambodia and gained new 600 friends upon its arrival to his new home, Mashable reports.

According to local reports, Kaavan spent most of his waking life in Pakistan’s Islamabad Zoo, then dubbed as the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ for 35 years.

During his stay at the local zoo, his female companion, Saheli, unexpectedly passed away in 2012, making Kaavan the lone Asian elephant in Pakistan.

In fact, zoologists believe he since lived with ‘zoochosis’, a mental health state caused by prolonged solitude and a subpar living environment.

Intense campaigning from animal rights groups and American musician Cher came into fruition for Kaavan to finally make the move.

‘World’s Loneliest ELEPHANT’ Gains New 600 Friends Upon Moving to Cambodia
Photo: Four Paws International

“I’m so happy and I am so proud he is here,” the singer told AFP.

“He’s a wonderful, wonderful animal,” she continued.

His new home in Cambodia currently houses many sanctuaries, rehoming more than 600 other elephants for breeding and conservation.

Furthermore, Cambodia Deputy Minister of Environment Neth Pheaktra also announced plans for Kaavan to mate with other elephants.

“No longer will he be the world’s loneliest elephant. We expect to breed Kaavan with local elephants. This is an effort to conserve the genetic fold,” Pheaktra said.

Despite travel restrictions, the elephant moved from Pakistan to Cambodia successfully, landing on the ground on December 1st.

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