Remember Raju, the elephant who cried with joy when he was rescued after being chained for more than five decades? His heartbreaking story went viral a few years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Fortunately for the majestic creature, change was for the better!
The stunning video below shows Raju a year after his dramatic rescue in 2014. During the year spent at Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura from the streets of Allahabad, the elephant learned what it means to lead a happy and peaceful life.
But more importantly, he has learned to love back and trust people. His transformation is absolutely astounding and yet another proof that elephants are strong, enduring animals whose power surpasses what no one, regardless of their characteristics, should ever experience.
When a group of concerned people finally set Raju free, the elephant’s happiness was hard to describe in words. A heart-melting moment for everyone. Pooja Binepal, from Wildlife SOS UK, said: “It was incredibly emotional. “The team was amazed to see tears rolling down his face during the rescue.
We knew that in our hearts, he realized that he was liberated. Elephants are not only majestic, but they are also brilliant animals that have been shown to feel grief, so we can only imagine what it has been through for half a century.”
Thankfully, Raju had a happy ending and was able to live out his last years in peace. However, hundreds of other elephants in captivity are still ignored by heartless people and hurt their sole concern of making a profit.
Watch Raju’s incredible transformation here: