The “world’s loneliest elephant” is to finally be rescued from horrendous living conditions and given a new lease of life.
Kaavan, who has live alone for the last eight years, is set for a chance of happiness as animal activists prepare to move him to a new home.
The elephant has spent more than 30 years in Ishlamabad’s notorious Marghazar Zoo, capturing the attention of campaigners and activists including music icon Cher.
Wildlife campaign group Four Paws have confirmed that the lonely animal has finally been given the green light to travel to a sanctuary in Cambodia.
Marin Bauer, a spokesman for the group, said Kaavan has scored medical approval to travel.
The “world’s loneliest” elephant can now look forward to better living conditions and the chance of making some friends.
Doctors who inspected the creature this week said his life of solitude has left him “incredibly bored”.
Kaavan reportedly swishes his head and trunk from side to side for hours on end.
The elephant underwent a full medical examination at the zoo on Friday and was found to be malnourished, the Independent reports.
Dr Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with Four Paws, said: “Due to malnutrition and lack of physical exercise Kaavan shows visible signs of obesity. Also, his nails are cracked and malformed which can be attributed to the inappropriate flooring and structure of his enclosure.”
And Dr Krank Gorkis added: “A lack of physical and behavioural enrichments as well as the absence of a partner, have resulted in Kaavan becoming incredibly bored.”
The Marghazar Zoo was ordered to close by Pakistan’s high court in May due to shocking conditions.
Four paws was invited by the Wildlife Management Board of Islamabad to relocate the remaining animals at the zoo, which include dancing bears along with Kaavan.
A statement from the group on Saturday read: “Unfortunately, the rescue comes too late for two lions that died during an attempted transfer at the end of July after local animal handlers set a fire in their enclosure to force them into their transport crates.”
Marghazar Zoo was blasted by campaigners for its mistreatment hundreds of animals.
More than 500 animals were reported missing and two dozen died in the zoo’s care since 2016.
Kaavan garnered national attention when he was dubbed the world’s loneliest elephant.
He arrived at the Zoo in 1985 as a gift to Pakistan from Sri Lanka and was kept in a small enclosure.
He had company for some of his life, but a female partner died in 2012 leaving him to live in solitude for eight years.
Celebrities including Cher backed the campaign to relocate him to a better home.
Four Paws said: “Following the checks, which confirmed Kaavan is strong enough, steps will now be taken to finalise his relocation to an animal sanctuary potentially in Cambodia.”