The American pop star Chir met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday before transferring an elephant from a dilapidated zoo in Islamabad to a Cambodian sanctuary.
The singer, who has been campaigning for the Elephant Cow for many years and is helping to pay for the initiative, arrived in the Pakistani capital this week to see the animal ahead of a flight to Cambodia on Sunday.
A statement from Khan’s office said, “The Prime Minister commended Kaun for his efforts in retiring the elephant sanctuary and thanked the Chair for her campaign and her role in this.”
Chir tweeted that he thanked Khan for “making it possible for me to go to Cambodia.”
Overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant – Kaun’s plight has drawn international condemnation and highlighted the disturbing condition of the Islamabad Zoo, where conditions are so bad that in May a judge ordered all animals to be released. Ordered to move
A team of doctors and specialists from the Austrian-based animal welfare group FourPows have spent months with Kavanagh to prepare for a trip to Cambodia.
Experts have trained Kaun to enter a large metal crate that will be used to transport the animal to the airport.
Volunteers working with Kaun say they respond well to music and singing, and are expected to compose one or two songs for the elephant before they leave for Islamabad.
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