'World's unluckiest elephant' headed to sanctuary in animal's first lucky break in 50 years

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After more than 50 years of abuse and neglect, the pachyderm with the dubious distinction of "the world's unluckiest elephant" has gotten his first lucky break as he was freed to an elephant sanctuary.

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Mohan, a 55-year-old elephant living in India, was noticed by elephant rescue Wildlife SOS two years ago. The rescue team at the time was working hard to free his brother, Raju, who quickly made headlines for weeping upon rescue.

The organization suspected poachers took Mohan from his family in the wild as a calf.

He was then taught to beg for money or rented out as a prop for local weddings. According to Wildlife SOS' Facebook, his wounds and weight confirmed he was chained and beaten in order to be trained.

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Mohan was chained and beaten by his former owners for over five decades.

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Mohan was chained and beaten by his former owners for over five decades.

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Mohan was chained and beaten by his former owners for over five decades.

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Mohan was chained and beaten by his former owners for over five decades.

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Mohan was chained and beaten by his former owners for over five decades.

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Mohan was chained and beaten by his former owners for over five decades.

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For two years, the rescue organization fought with courts to seize Mohan, and retire him to their Elephant Conservation and Care Center. When the high courts finally granted them permission to free the elephant earlier this year, Wildlife SOS sprang into action.

According to their Facebook page, they approached the location that was keeping Mohan in the middle of the night in an unmarked van to catch his original owners off guard.

Then came the long journey to the conservation center, during which volunteers fed him fresh bananas and sugar cane.

Finally, last Wednesday, the elephant was greeted at the center with a large banner that wrote, "Welcome home, Mohan!"

"It has been extremely delightful to walk with Mohan, seeing him enjoy his freedom," Wildlife SOS Co-Founder Geeta Seshamani said in a video posted to Facebook. "He's a very calm, philosophical elephant. It's wonderful seeing him relaxing like this and having fun."

For the first time in Mohan's life, he will be free to roam in open land, eat from natural growing vegetation, and bathe in pools in the enclosure.

But, according to Wildlife SOS, his rescue only marks the first step in his journey to health.

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The organization reported that he is severely underweight and have swollen feet that needs daily medicated foot soaks. In addition, he also had a stomach infection and liver issues that need to be addressed.

Wildlife SOS is continuing to seek donations for Mohan's veterinary care and stabilized diet.

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ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Polo player rides an elephant during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephants standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Opening parade kick off as old style Thai traditional dancers open the ceremony followed by the elephants during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Opening parade kick off as old style Thai traditional dancers open the ceremony followed by the elephants during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: Elephant enjoy a break before starting the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANANTARA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2016/03/10: A mahout write a serial number on his elephant at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy a break before starting the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: A mahout riding an elephant during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants and mahouts standing during the opening ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An elephant approaches the ball during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephant polo team battle for the ball during a match at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Polo player rides an elephant during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Mahouts wait with their elephants during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Opening parade kicks off during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Opening parade kicks off as old style Thai traditional dancers followed by the elephants perform during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People interact with elephants at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Opening parade kicks off as old style Thai traditional dancers followed by the elephants perform during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An elephant enjoys a buffet of fruits and vegetables at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant enjoys a buffet of fruits and vegetables at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
Participants compete during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Polo player rides an elephant during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Participants compete during the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy their buffet before the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: Elephants enjoy a break before starting the polo match during the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 10: A monk blowing horn during Monk Blessing Ceremony at the 2016 King's Cup Elephant Polo at Anantara Chaopraya Resort in Bangkok, Thailand on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resort and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand which has raised over US$950,000 for the National Elephant population institute, which provides medical care, housing for the mahouts and families, shelters and more. (Photo by Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Elephants parade in front of an image of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the 14th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Bangkok on March 10, 2016. The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is aimed at raising awareness for elephant conservation in Thailand. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elephants enjoy a spread of fruit and vegetables ahead of their polo match in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailandâs wild and domesticated elephant population and is being held on the banks of Bangkokâs Chao Phraya River until March 13. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A polo player attempts to hit a ball during an elephant polo match in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailandâs wild and domesticated elephant population and is being held on the banks of Bangkokâs Chao Phraya River until March 13. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Polo players, sitting behind mahouts, congratulate each other after their elephant polo match in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailandâs wild and domesticated elephant population and is being held on the banks of Bangkokâs Chao Phraya River until March 13. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A player, wearing white, riding elephants guided by mahouts, hits the ball down field during an elephant polo match in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailandâs wild and domesticated elephant population and is being held on the banks of Bangkokâs Chao Phraya River until March 13. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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