All animals deserve to be free, but unfortunately, many of them are still being abused daily by the so-called “humans” because of different purposes. Born soft and gentle, the elephant is one of the most vulnerable and friendly creatures in front of humans. Even in some special countries where this species is worshipped like a symbol of the supreme being, there are still countless abused elephants who have been suffering because of the locals for decades.
Gajraj was one of those poor critters. Even though his name literally means “the King of elephants”, Gajraj was no king. In fact, he was more like a fun slave.
The 70-year-old tusker was forced into working his toes to the bone at a temple in India as an icon of worship, he had been chained for over 51 years and had to suffer many health problems due to overworking and old age.
It’s not until a PETA campaign brought his story to light that Gajraj’s hopeless situation was finally noticed. Right after hearing about this poor animal, a Wildlife SOS team quickly stepped in to rescue him and gave him the medical treatment as well as the freedom he deserves.
The mission was truly hard as the unruly local public made it very hard to get Gajraj onto the ambulance, and the rescue team had to need the help of a large police force to overcome their sudden attack.
When the tough part was finally over, Gajraj officially embarked on an amazing 3-day journey to travel 930 miles from Aundh, Maharahstra to the Elephant Conservation & Care Center (ECCC) in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. He was undoubtedly happier than ever.
Fortunately, Gajraj finally got the life he deserved, but actually he should have had that freedom from the day he was born.
Watch the whole rescue here: