December 4 According to a report by Phnom Penh, Deuts News Agency on November 30, a lonely elephant left Pakistan in a special cargo plane and arrived in Cambodia on Monday local time. Previously, its hard living conditions triggered strong protests around the world.
Martin Bauer, one of the organizations responsible for elephant transfer, a spokesman for the rescue group Four Claws International, told the German News Agency reporter: “Kavan has landed. It was calm throughout the flight.
Amir Khalil, a veterinarian of Four Paws International, said that Kavan was like a “traveler who often flies” and that the flight went well.
After being kept in captivity at a zoo in Islamabad for more than 35 years, Kavan is now going from Siem Reap Airport to the wildlife reserve in northern Cambodia, where it has its new residence – a 12,000 hectares of reserve.
The Asian elephant was only one year old when it came to Pakistan from Sri Lanka in 1985. Kavan has been living alone in the Margazal Zoo, living in hard conditions. Its plight has attracted international attention. In 2016, more than 200,000 people signed the online petition to release Kavan.
Pakistani authorities have been opposed to Kavan’s departure for many years, but a court ruled in May that the Malgazare Zoo should be closed and the elephants should be taken to the reserve.
Khalil told German News Agency reporters at the Margazal Zoo earlier this month that Kavan had psychological problems due to past experience. Kavan’s partner died eight years ago, and it has been living alone ever since.
It became irritable, often waved its head, and even no longer friendly to breeders.