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Elephant 'Cries' While Being Rescued After 50 Years of Abuse in India

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- 52 days ago -
An elephant that was kept in chains for 50 years and abused by a drug addict who used the animal beg in India has been freed.

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Ana MESNER (187)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:29 am
I cry too, poor baby.

Alexandra G. (221)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:30 am
thank you Marie

Lone F. (28)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:38 am
I am so glad he was finally freed. Thank you so much Marie!

Sara P. (57)
Monday July 7, 2014, 11:09 am
Yes, the italian tv showed the images right today, how wonderful and touching, I'm so happy for this poor creature. Thanks Marie

Pat B. (354)
Monday July 7, 2014, 11:37 am
How very sweet. So relieved that he was rescued.!! Thanks, Marie.

Debbie W. (115)
Monday July 7, 2014, 12:14 pm
Awwww - sad but am happy for the rescue!

Connie O. (42)
Monday July 7, 2014, 12:28 pm
This broke my heart. I cannot imagine the pain he has gone through in his lifetime. I am surprised that he actually has survived this long. I am so happy that he is finally at a sanctuary. I wish I was rich so I could donate to so many animal sanctuaries.

Debra Van Way (12)
Monday July 7, 2014, 1:09 pm
Humans can be such terrible creatures-all the more so because they are aware of the evil they do and relish it.

Ruth S. (307)
Monday July 7, 2014, 2:13 pm
I was crying when I saw this video.

Birgit W. (144)
Monday July 7, 2014, 2:16 pm
What a heartbreaking story. I am so glad that Raju has been freed, and I hope that he can have a little joy in his life.

Marlene Dinkins (231)
Monday July 7, 2014, 2:54 pm

A F. (130)
Monday July 7, 2014, 3:06 pm
thank you, poor guy, so glad he got out of his chains

GGmaSheila D. (163)
Monday July 7, 2014, 3:39 pm
It's a wonderful story and am so happy he can live out his days away from the monster who held him captive. Wonder how the beggar would feel if his limbs were wrapped in chains and he was beaten with a spear...for the rest of his life. Thanks Marie for sharing this heartwarming story with us.

Patricia Raven (444)
Monday July 7, 2014, 3:53 pm
He is not the only one crying but like him they are tears of joy.

Kathleen Mireault (42)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
Noted. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Enjoy your new life, Raju! Thanks, Marie.

jess b (24)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:03 pm
Thank you Marie for sharing. Abused for so long! Free from that at last.
Poor Raju. It took so long, but i hope he will have some good years for the rest of his life. he is so beautiful.
Those chains with spikes should be banned and those using them prosecuted.

Gabriela Baldaia (96)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:07 pm
Thank you, Marie. I first heard of the great news yesterday .. and shared in groups.

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:14 pm
So pleased Raju is free! I read it yesterday. Thanks Marie for posting, Jess for forwarding!

Stuart Thomas (506)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:47 pm
Some people can be so cruel to animals. I am glad that the elephant was rescued and is now in a better place - a sanctuary.

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:50 pm
Thank goodness Raju is Free at last

Renata Rodrigues (97)
Monday July 7, 2014, 4:56 pm
Beautiful story! How can a man treat an animal so brutally and just for greed? God bless this elephant!

S J. (116)
Monday July 7, 2014, 5:04 pm
great! he is freed and hope he will have better life from now on.
Thanks Marie

Natasha Salgado (519)
Monday July 7, 2014, 5:05 pm
So wonderful to see Raju freed at last from his hell...tho i'm totally not happy with the decision to use 1 of his previous abusers to care 4 him now--just a poor stupid decision period. Thx Marie

Terri Keenan (0)
Monday July 7, 2014, 5:24 pm
Thank you to the wonderful people who rescued Raju! You have earned your place in heaven.

Dalia H. (1277)
Monday July 7, 2014, 5:53 pm
Awww!!!! Such a Beautiful and very sad story at the same time.
Thank you so so much and GOD Bless to all those Angels on Earth saving this
Precious Angel. Finally, free and running Happy and smiling and feeling
the fresh air and the breeze on his body, oh!! I'm crying tears of Joy here....:) ♥
Thank you so much my Beloved, Marie H., for sharing with Us!!!
Much LOVE and Light

Edgar Zuim (48)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:05 pm
Fantastic. Freedom is sacred.

Joy AWAY (130)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:52 pm
Thank you for sharing, thank heavens Rajul was rescued, so, so sad , but, a happy ending..

Dany Strakova (119)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:54 pm
so happy for Raju! bless him

Carol Alcantar (38)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:56 pm
Nice find. Makes you want to weap for his new joy!
Noted and shared. Carol

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:58 pm
Sad he suffered for so many years. Glad he was rescued. Thanks to his rescuers,

jess b (24)
Monday July 7, 2014, 6:59 pm
July 7, 2014 - Raju is now recovering in Wildlife SOS’ elephant sanctuary, where he will live with other rescued animals.

The charity, founded in India in 1995, is appealing for £10,000 of donations to help start the elephant’s new life.

To donate, visit, or cheques or postal orders can be sent to: Wildlife SOS, 483 Green Lanes, London, N13 4BS.

Officials are also trying to raise money so Raju will be able to spend the rest of his life free at the conservation center. If you would like to keep updated on Raju’s story and donate to help keep him free, please visit the Wildlife SOS-India website.

Dianne D. (457)
Monday July 7, 2014, 7:01 pm
God Bless all the animals in the world and those that love and care for them. We need strong animal abuse laws world wide. You can see into the soul of a person by the way they treat an animal. I'm sure this drug addict will go out and get another animal to abuse.

Charlie Rush (53)
Monday July 7, 2014, 7:39 pm
This is a heart-breaking story with a happy ending, but I can't help wondering how many other animals are living in similar conditions, without happy endings.

Furthermore, I'm 'sick and tired' of hearing of abusive people.
In what kind of world are we living? Will we never learn to deal with dysfunctional people, before they have children who will continue this vicious cycle?

What lunatic thinks it's a better idea to build more jails, than to provide psychiatric assistance to those who need it?
Unfortunately, we wait until a disaster occurs before we take action to prevent the disaster, in the first place. This is exactly what we are waiting for, with the _gun issue.

Betty K. (284)
Monday July 7, 2014, 7:48 pm
Thank goodness Raju was finally rescued. He is so thin and obviously abused which makes our hearts break for him. I'm so happy he is in this safe sanctuary and living a new life.

Angeles Madrazo (292)
Monday July 7, 2014, 7:57 pm
Happy ending story! God bless this elephant and his rescuers ! Thank you!

Gina Caracci (231)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:27 pm
bless his heart...story/video had me happy for him but want to know whats happening with the scum who hurt him???

Anne P. (248)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:33 pm
Tears of joy! Thank you, dear Marie, for posting this incredible story. Blessings to Raju and gratitude to the caring humans who worked so hard to rescue him, and will finally give him the loving care he so richly deserves.

Laurie H. (707)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:39 pm
HAPPY TEARS !!!!!!!!!!! May Raju live his life now, finally= in peace and free from pain and torment----- Love this happy ending!!!~~~ Thanks so much Marie & GGmaSheila for sending~~~ Severe Punishment should be dealt to the "Jailer/ Abusers!!!"~~

Krista Slavin (187)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:06 pm
I am so happy he was finally rescued. I don't understand why it has taken 50 years. Did you see the spikes on those chains?!? I think the abusive owner should now have to wear them!

Stephen D. (5)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:14 pm
When people have half the heart of an elephant what a great world this will be.. thanks Marie for a story with a happy ending .

Mary T. (291)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:35 pm
Thank you Marie for sharing the heartwarming story, hope Raju enjoys his freedom and lives for another 50 years in peace

Colleen L. (2)
Monday July 7, 2014, 9:57 pm
Very heartwarming story. Thanks Marie

Angela K. (152)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:34 pm
This are very very very very emotional news for me, I cried while reading and do even now :-/
Thank you Marie for this moment :-/
Raju I wish LOVE and that his wounds healed quickly .... and not only the bodily !!!

Catman P. (913)
Monday July 7, 2014, 10:58 pm

Diane L. (110)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 12:42 am
What a "tear jerker" this story is! Nice story...........THANK YOU, Marie, for sharing this!

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:28 am
I am so glad he is now free! Thank you Marie.

Kerstin Strobl (340)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:37 am
Heartbreaking, thank you for sharing

rita uljee (5)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 1:44 am
Heartbreaking!free after 50 years so hard to know what the poor animal went through,hope that addict goes through hell now!

Nancy sands (445)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:03 am
Hip Hip Hooray! Everyone has to keep petitioning and protesting till they're all out of bondage!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:38 am
Bless you Raju. You're now finally free beautiful boy. xo Thanks Marie. And thanks Bonnie for the forward.

Mary Cromley (91)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 3:14 am
How wonderful that Raju is free at last.

Ben Oscarsito (354)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 4:16 am
I read this yesterday...with tears in my eyes...that poor, poor elephant! I just don't know what to say, but; -Elephants belongs in the wild - BASTA!

Joy Wong (76)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:16 am
Oh ... what hell he has been through, poor Raju. At least now he is free. So happy to note that finally Raju is able to walk free. Thanks Henriette for the forward.

Diane K. (136)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:22 am
Freedom for Raju!! Thanks for sharing

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:46 am
Thanks for the story.

Jeaneen A. (125)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:50 am
Am I the only one that would love to take these spike chains and put it around the necks of those that did this horrible cruelty to this gentle giant. They should not be allowed to get off free, but be punished for this act of such abusive. So happy for yo Raju! Be safe and happy forever.

Neill Abayon (735)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:50 am
When I was watching the video >>>>

I didn't realize there were tears falling from my eyes. FREE at last for 50 years!

Jeaneen A. (125)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 5:52 am
I agree they should get a new handler for him, a real animal lover, who will love and care for Raju with compassion always.

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 7:32 am
Some miracles do happen...even after half a century. Tears of joy.., yes, they have them.. bless his brave rescuers. Thx Marie!

Ben Oscarsito (354)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 7:32 am
We must have in mind; -Elephants are very intelligent animals!
One more thing; -Raju isn't "free", he is at the Conservation and Care Centre at Mathura. Hopefully he will be well taken care of...

Elle B. (81)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:45 am
Ty for sharing this Marie . . .

"People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines.... It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel." ― Voltaire, Traité sur la tolerance, 1763

“Animals have a life of their own that is of importance to them apart from their utility to us. They are not only in the world, they are aware of it. What happens to them matters to them. Each has a life that fares better or worse for the one whose life it is.” – Tom Regan

"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ―Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization, 1953


Terrie Williams (769)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 10:09 am
I hope, truly hope, that Raju lives as long as in freedom and peace as he has as long in slavery and horror. I am so happy for him!

Birgitta S. (230)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:22 am
cannot find words for this.....

Thank You so much for sharing this, Marie Dear ~~

Birgitta S. (230)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:24 am
went into tears ..... for this Mister Raju...


Ulane V. (39)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 11:27 am
Such good news, I had my cry of the day and really hope that he can live the rest of his life free.
What a monster the person who kept him was, just seeing these spikes made me feel sick in my stomach. How can peole do such things to animals and each other, I just do not understand.

Joan M. (1090)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:22 pm
Noted & shared. I watched this video yesterday, and cried right along with him. Thanks Marie

Jane H. (133)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 2:44 pm
Such cruelty breaks my heart...grateful to those who saved him

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 3:12 pm
India really needs to change it's laws on how it treats it's animals and elephants. This isn't the only elephant that has had to be rescued from horrific conditions. Someone had already sent a link about this elephant but hadn't posted it on the news so I hope that those who can will donate to help feed this elephant and keep his medical care going. Thank goodness he'll know some peace and caring before he dies, 50 years was a long time spent in abuse.

Syd Henley (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 3:44 pm
Those chains and spikes should be reused - around the neck of that poor creatures previous owner.

Nancy C. (798)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 3:53 pm
It's a beautiful thing! Dandelion says it all about the legal aspects and donations. When I reached the closeup of Raju's face, he reminded me of my father. Go figure...

Sherri Martin (156)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 7:23 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Marie!! This has such a heartwarming see him see his made me cry (but happy tears for him)....truly gives a new meaning to 'freedom' for us all!!

Carol Johnson (0)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 9:13 pm
Than you sharing

LaurenAWAY Kozen (159)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 12:17 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks Marie.

Ana R (220)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 1:09 am
Dandelion says it all about the legal aspects and donations.
I can't watch this video... I can't watch teers of Gods miracle after 50 years of...
Bittersweet happy end... but at least it's finally freedom.
❤Blessed be Raju❤

Kat M. (221)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 5:10 am
I pray that Raju gets healthier & happier every day, & I send gratitude to the rescuers. I'm making a small donation, but if many people do this, it can do so much. What a deserving organization~let's show our gratitude to encourage more rescues!

Donna B. (93)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 7:50 am
Marie Thanks for sharing this story it does ones heart good to see a animal set free from it's bondage. Ruth Ann & Desanka I Thank you for sharing the petition to charge the abusers. Thanks for the brave men who released this magnificent animal.
"Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it." –Mark Twain

Animals, like humans, suffer emotionally. We must strive to cause them neither physical pain nor emotional anguish. - EXODUS 34:26

"HumanKind Be Both". This what mankind needs to realize before it is to late.

Thanks to all the members of Care2 for the simple act of Caring and making a difference in our world.everyday.

Terri Keenan (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 8:28 am
Please stop sending me other comments. Thanks

Marija Mohoric (51)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 9:05 am
no proper words...ty

Dawn Mason (107)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:26 am
Noted, Thanks for sharing this great happy ending:)

Jeannet AWAY (117)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 1:13 pm
Thank, thanks, thanks, why took this so long?? Hope all abusers burn in hell

Maria S. (102)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 1:45 pm
I coudn't believe my eyes. In tears as I was reading. But so glad for for the rescue. At least it can live free now. Thanks for sharing Marie and for the forward Bonnie!

Michaela Carlsson (148)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 7:25 am
I watch it on YouTube and it was really heartbraking. This is sorry to say, a daily life for most of the elephants in capture so I hope more can be saved by this organisations, thank You!

Niharika M. (34)
Friday July 11, 2014, 6:12 am
Raju and many other wild elephants/animals like him need help in living a cruelty free life. No Amount is too big or too small, if you can, please donate here : FOr Raju :

For LAxmi :

Sponsorship of elephants and other wild elephants (and other wild animals) :

Sara W. (110)
Friday July 11, 2014, 2:02 pm
Thanks for posting, Marie! Poor thing. I'm glad he's finally free even though it took way too long.

Melania Padilla (178)
Monday July 14, 2014, 3:59 pm
So glad for this soul.... No words to describe the human/owner who abused this beautiful animal.....

Jennifer H. (1)
Wednesday July 16, 2014, 9:48 pm
What I don't understand is why it took 50 years. This is unacceptable to let this boy live 50 years of torment. I hope his former "owner" rots and any charges that can be brought up on him will be.
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