Cher’s Heartwarming Encounter with Rescued Elephant Kaavan: See Their Touching Story Unfold!

New captivating photos reveal the heartfelt moment when legendary singer Cher met Kaavan, dubbed the ‘World’s Loneliest Elephant,’ after her journey to Pakistan in November last year to ensure his rescue.

Kaavan, a malnourished Asian elephant, had spent nearly two decades in chains at a zoo, capturing the hearts of thousands online.

Cher, 74, became deeply involved in the social media campaign to liberate Kaavan after her fans persistently shared his story with her. Moved by the images, she decided to take action, ultimately flying to Pakistan to secure Kaavan’s freedom.

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The singer’s first encounter with Kaavan is beautifully captured in these recent images, which will be featured in a documentary about the rescue mission, airing on Thursday evening on the Smithsonian Channel.

First meeting: Stunning images show Cher meeting the ‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Kavaan after she flew to Pakistan to secure his rescue in November. Source: Daily Mail

During his time at the zoo, Kaavan suffered from appalling living conditions, leading to numerous health problems.

He was prodded to beg for tips in a cramped, decaying shed under the scorching Islamabad sun. Tragically, his only companion passed away due to neglect.

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Cher’s compassion and determination led to Kaavan’s eventual release. As a co-founder of Free The Wild, Cher partnered with Mark Cowne, Gina Nelthorpe Cowne, and Jennifer Ruiz, even recording a song called “Walls” to amplify the cause. In May 2020, a Pakistani court ordered Kaavan’s release.

Campaign: Cher spearheaded the online campaign before flying out to the country to ensure a life of freedom for the mistreated creature. Source: Daily Mail

Working alongside the international rescue organization Four Paws and veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil, the team found a suitable home for Kaavan in a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary.

Cher traveled to Pakistan in November 2020 to oversee the rescue, documented in the film “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant.”

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Cher has been actively using her fame for good, focusing on animal welfare. Free The Wild is currently working on rescuing several animals, though progress can be slow.

Campaign: Cher spearheaded the online campaign before flying out to the country to ensure a life of freedom for the mistreated creature. Source: Daily Mail
Two icons: New images show Cher meeting the animal for the first time, ahead of a documentary due to be aired in the UK about the campaign. Source: Daily Mail
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Cher emphasizes the importance of starting multiple projects simultaneously and convincing people to relocate animals to sanctuaries.

Kaavan, Pakistan’s only Asian elephant, had been confined to a zoo for 35 years and lost his partner in 2012. In 2020, veterinarians diagnosed him as both overweight and malnourished, with behavioral issues.

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His journey to freedom began in 2016, culminating in his transfer to a sanctuary in November 2020 after years of lobbying by animal rights activists and organizations.

Cher said her fans’ persistence convinced her to help Kaavan and said: ‘I never actually intended to, I just got swept up in it because of the kids on my Twitter feed.’ Source: Daily Mail
Harrowing: During his time in captivity, the creature was prodded to beg for tips while living in a cramped, dilapidated shed under the punishing Islamabad sun. Source: Daily Mail
Heartbreaking: Kaavan’s living conditions led to dire health problems, including obesity, before his only mate died of neglect. Source: Daily Mail

Martin Bauer from Four Paws acknowledged Cher and local Pakistani activists’ roles in bringing Kaavan’s story to the world stage, facilitating his transfer. Despite being relocated to Cambodia, Kaavan still requires years of physical and psychological assistance, as noted by Bauer.

Pakistan’s high court ordered the closure of Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, where Kaavan spent most of his life, in May 2020.

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Coming soon! The story features in the documentary Cher & The Loneliest Elephant, which will air on the Smithsonian Channel. Source: Daily Mail
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In November 2020, Cher flew halfway around the world to secure the elephant’s rescue, which was captured in Cher & The Loneliest Elephant. Source: Daily Mail
In November 2020, Cher flew halfway around the world to secure the elephant’s rescue, which was captured in Cher & The Loneliest Elephant. Source: Daily Mail

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