Elephant, Who Was Abused For 50 Years And Lived In Chains, Is Finally Freed By Wildlife Sos

Half a century in shackles. Gajraj – meaning ‘king’ or ‘big boy’ elephant – is 70 to 75 years old.
He was captured from the wild as a calf, beaten into submission, and has been chained, in one spot, at the Yami Devi Hindu temple in Aundh, Maharashtra, India, for nearly 58 years. Yesterday, (Saturday) having never committed a crime, he was finally free from his terrible sentence.A medical examination had revealed that Gajraj required medical attention for his toenail abscess which could spread to the bone in addition to the hip abscesses while his foot pads suffered severe degeneration. This made him a candidate for geriatric lifetime care at Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Center in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.

A medical examination had revealed that Gajraj required medical attention for his toenail abscess which could spread to the bone in addition to the hip abscesses while his foot pads suffered severe degeneration. This made him a candidate for geriatric lifetime care at Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Center in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
The royal family of Aundh gave him a warm farewell. The local

The royal family of Aundh gave him a warm farewell. The local villagers however, become very emotional and hostile as Gajraj was getting ready to leave, gathering in large numbers with things taking an ugly twist as the mob became unruly. With each minute the atmosphere became gripped with tension and a large police force was deployed to ensure protection for the Wildlife SOS rescue team.
Eventually the elephant was placed inside the Elephant Ambulance – currently India’s only specially designed elephant ambulance. He then embarked on a 1500 kilometer journey along with expert veterinarians, paramedics, elephant caretakers, and rescue team to his new home.

 

The aged Tusker has a serious toenail abscess in his right front foot & left hind foot which requires immediate medical attention

The mob gathered around the Wildlife SOS Elephant Ambulance in Aundh

Wildlife SOS staff eagerly await Gajraj’s arrival

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