‘World’s tallest elephant’ allowed to leave zoo for better life | Wildlife

The animal welfare group says an elephant that has become a major cause for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave its Pakistani zoo and move to better conditions.

Called “the world’s tallest elephant” by his supporters, Kaun has been detained at a zoo in the Pakistani capital Islamabad for more than 35 years.

Martin Bauer, a spokesman for the Four Powers, said on Saturday that the elephant had finally been given medical approval to travel to Cambodia, where it would find companionship and better conditions.

Kaun, who is overweight, underwent a full medical examination at the zoo on Friday, Bauer said.

Local wildlife officials and four-legged beds fed Kaun
Local wildlife officials and four-legged beds fed Kaun. Photo: Amir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images

In May, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the closure of the Margzar Zoo due to its unusual condition, which was accused of negligence on the part of the system.

Reasons to save Kaun from the zoo’s dire situation have attracted the attention of animal workers around the world, and celebrities, including American singer Chir, have lobbied for his relocation.

“Unfortunately, it is too late to rescue the two lions that died after local animal handlers set fire to their own home in late July,” Bauer said in a statement issued Saturday. ۔ “

He said that the Wildlife Management Board of Islamabad had invited Four Punja to safely transfer the remaining animals to the zoo. Kaun has so far been forced to live alone in a small wall.

Kaun's health is being checked and he may leave the meadow.
Kaun’s health is being checked and he may leave the meadow. Photographer: Anjum Naveed / AP

Friday’s medical examination revealed that the elephant was overweight, even showing signs of malnutrition. Her nails were cracked and her feet had been damaged by years of living in an improper floor wall.

“After an investigation, which has confirmed that Kaun is strong enough, steps will now be taken to finalize the possible relocation of the animal shelter to Cambodia,” Bauer said.

“His recovery will be long,” Bauer said. He added that Kaun’s injuries were more than physical. It also shows behavioral issues.

Kaun, who lost his partner in 2012, has struggled with loneliness as well as poor living conditions. “Both have taken their own lives,” Bauer said in an interview.

“He also developed a stereotype, which means he keeps his head back for hours. The main reason is that he is just angry.

The Four Paws team that performed Kaun’s physical performance included wildlife veterinarians and specialists.

It was not immediately clear when Kaun would be able to travel. Human rights activists have been lobbying for its relocation since 2016.


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