New Beginnings: Circus Elephants Freed from Chains Experience Joy and Mud Baths

Four elephants, known as the Precious Four, have been liberated from a life of performing in Rambo Circus, India, where they were restrained in spiked chains between shows. They are now enjoying newfound freedom and indulging in refreshing mud baths.

Wildlife SOS carried out a rescue mission described on their Facebook page as one of the “most dangerous, exhausting, and complicated rescues to date,” taking over two days to complete.

Geeta Seshamani, Wildlife SOS co-founder, was appalled by the inhumane conditions the elephants endured, shackled and deprived of natural life.

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The organization alleges that the circus restrained the elephants when they were not performing and denied them access to fresh water and exercise opportunities. Rambo Circus refutes these claims, stating that they never mistreated any animals.

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Rhea Lopez, Wildlife SOS’s elephant campaign manager, expressed concern for the mental and physical health of the elephants.

The Precious Four – Pearl, Ruby, Goldie, and Sylvie – were transported to a facility in Pune, India, where they are currently resting and receiving medical treatment.

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According to Wildlife SOS, the elephants have formed close bonds. A veterinarian at the facility provides foot care, and the animals receive deworming tablets.

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John Pecorelli, Wildlife SOS’s US communications director, mentioned that a temporary pool had been set up for them, with Sylvie and Goldie already exploring it.

Once the necessary government paperwork is obtained, the elephants will be relocated to a Wildlife SOS Elephant Care Center.

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However, the organization faces a challenge from the circus, which seeks to regain custody of the elephants.

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The animals were initially removed with assistance from the police, forest department officials, and other NGOs after the circus lost recognition from the Central Zoo Authority and was banned by the Animal Welfare Board of India.

As Wildlife SOS addresses legal issues, the elephants are starting their recovery journey, seemingly enjoying fresh spinach treats, their newfound favorite.

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