It seems fair to say that Cher can pretty much do whatever she wants. Now the mega-star has put her powers to good use and helped the “world’s loneliest elephant” find a new home.
Kaavan the lonely elephant was moved from his home in Islamabad, Pakistan to his new home in Cambodia thanks to the singer.
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Cher met the 36-year-old elephant at his new home at the sanctuary in Cambodia after she fought to move the animal from the Marghazar Zoo in Pakistan. Kaavan had been living at the Pakastani zoo after the death of his partner eight years ago.
A team of veterinarians and elephant experts spend several months in Islamabad to help prepare Kaavan for his big move. Three times a day, the team practiced getting in and out of the large crate that would transport him to his new home.
“Kaavan quickly gained confidence in us and made great progress in a short time. In his case it not only took a village but a whole country to transfer Kaavan to Cambodia. Without the support of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board, the Pakistani authorities and the local community, American businessman Eric S. Margolis as well as our partners from Free The Wild, this relocation would have not been possible,” said Dr. Amir Khalil of FOUR PAWS.
The elephant was transported by aircraft to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in Siem Reap last week.
Cher, who met Kaavan at his new home, shared on Twitter that the elephant’s “journey to freedom from captivity” will be featured in an upcoming documentary airing on the Smithsonian Channel.
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