It Was a Struggle at First
Kaavan the elephant had been in the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, for more than 35 years. The zoo has been a long time subject of animal rights activists who have been fighting for the release of Kavaan as well as other animals. Originally sent as a gift from Sri Lanka, Kavaan was once much happier. According to Four Paws’s press release, the elephant lived with his partner Saheli in the zoo from 1990 until Saheli’s death in 2012. But for the past eight years, Kavaan has been completely alone.
The Zoo Closed Down
Although Kaavan has been living a life of solitude, he is not alone in his suffering. Over 500 animals have apparently been reported missing in the last four years. The Islamabad High Court even decided to close the zoo in May over its subpar conditions. While the zoo was being closed down, animals were not actually being removed, at least not immediately.
Freedom at Last
Thankfully for Kaavan, his luck turned around. When the Islamabad Wildlife Management Boar took control of the zoo, they were able to invite Four Paws to help relocate him and the other surviving animals. Sadly, as a result of the many years of mistreatment, Kaavan has been suffering from various health issues.
The Next Phase
Dr. Amir Khalil, Four Paws’s veterinarian, and mission leader, in the press release said that “his nails are cracked and malformed which can be attributed to the inappropriate flooring and structure of his enclosure. To solve this issue, he needs to go through a long-term foot care program, which cannot be performed in Marghazar Zoo.”Thankfully, experts are now involved and can see to it that this lucky elephant will get all the help he needs before his new step to a better life.