ALLAHABAD, India — For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused — but that all changed last week after he was rescued by wildlife conservationists.
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Raju is about 50 years old and was likely captured as a baby. He was bought and sold many times over the course of his life. Raju was forced to work with his legs bound in spiked chains which has left him with chronic wounds. He was also beaten by his captors.
The conservationist group, Wildlife SOS, was established in 1995 to protect endangered wildlife in India. They set out to rescue Raju on the night of July 2. Raju’s captor apparently tried to dismantle the effort with a standoff, according to sources. The captor layered tight chains on Raju and attempted to confuse him by yelling commands however, the efforts proved to be useless.
Ten veterinarians and Wildlife SOS officials, along with 20 Forestry Commission officers and two policemen, assisted in the effort to rescue Raju, according to Mirror, a British tabloid.
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