Raju the elephant had been chained up all 50 years of his existence. It’s all he ever knew. All of the pain and suffering had been at the hands of humans, but it’d be another group of humans who would step in and change everything for him.
Raju lived in India where he had to survive off of trash and whatever tourists handed out to him.
But after 50 years of abuse, a midnight ransom would free the elephant from that life of neglect and pain.
It was Wildlife SOS, a north London-based charity, who stepped in. And the rescue would put Raju in tears.
He shed real tears when he was released.
So sad to see, but that meant good things to come!
Pooja Binepal, spokesman for the institution, said he was surprised to see the elephant cry. “It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realised he was being freed.”
Raju’s owner tried to stop the rescue by shouting commands at the elephant, and the rescuers feared he might flee the scene.
But Wildlife SOS never gave up. “We stood our ground and refused to back down — and as we did so, tears began to roll down Raju’s face.”
It was one minute past midnight when Raju got off the truck for freedom.
Raju would spend the rest of his life free of pain and agony.
Thanks to Wildlife SOS for all of their hard work. A sad story, but what a wonderful ending!
Source: I Love My Dog