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Islamabad zoo’s lone Asian elephant ‘Kaavan’ gets farewell party ahead of relocation

The Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, where Kaavan has lived for decades since arriving from Sri Lanka, was decorated with balloons and banners wishing the animal well.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | November 25, 2020 2:04:40 pm
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Officials and well-wishers threw a farewell party for Pakistan’s only Asian elephant Kaavan ahead of his relocation to Cambodia.

The relocation comes after years of campaigning from animal activists, advocates and even pop star Cher to rescue the animal from grim conditions with no companion.

Kaavan elephant, relocation Cambodia farewell party, Islamabad Zoo, Elephant relocation farewell party, Kaavan elephant abuse, elephant farewell party, Kaavan elephant farewell party, Trending news, Islamabad Zoo conditions, Indian Express news. Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. (Picture credit: Reuters)

To mark the occasion, the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, where Kaavan has lived for decades since arriving from Sri Lanka, was decorated with balloons and banners wishing the animal well.

Several pictures and videos that are now making the rounds of the internet show children posing for photos while local bands performed in front of the enclosure.

Watch the video here:

Officials, including lawmakers and Pakistan’s climate change minister, were in attendance for the farewell party, Reuters reported.

The plight of the 35-year-old bull elephant also brought into the light, the grim conditions of Islamabad’s zoo. According to an AFP report, the conditions were so bad that a judge in May ordered all the animals to be moved.

Kaavan elephant, relocation Cambodia farewell party, Islamabad Zoo, Elephant relocation farewell party, Kaavan elephant abuse, elephant farewell party, Kaavan elephant farewell party, Trending news, Islamabad Zoo conditions, Indian Express news. A singer performs during a farewell ceremony for Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. (Picture credit: Reuters)

Take a look at how people reacted to the news of relocation here:

The animal will be flown to Cambodia on November 29, according to a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of climate change, where he will be living on a 25,000-acre animal sanctuary.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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