Elephant freed from chains after 30 years

Elephant Freed From Chains After 30 Years

Kaavan the elephant is living proof that everyone deserves a happy ending to their story.

It's just a matter of how long it takes, and Kaavan's story happened to take more than 30 years.

Samar Khan discovered the elephant while visiting her family in Pakistan back in 2015. When she learned the poor animal was chained day and night for nearly three decades, Khan started a petition to free Kaavan.

In just a matter of days, animal activists won the fight and Kaavan was finally unchained.

He was able to walk freely within his enclosure, something he'd been unable to do for quite some time.

To see that he remains free, the Help Welfare Organization visits the zoo daily to ensure Kaavan does not get chained up again.

After three meetings, the Senate of Pakistan agreed to relocate Kaavan to a sanctuary.

Now Kaavan can meet other elephants and live in a natural setting, though surely he will not forget the lovely, caring people who gave him a voice in the first place.

Photos of Kaavan after being freed from chains:

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Pakistani residents gather around elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo on the Eid holidays in Islamabad on July 7, 2016. / AFP / FAROOQ NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows Pakistani elephant Kaavan being fed at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows Pakistani elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani residents gather around elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo on the Eid holidays in Islamabad on July 7, 2016. / AFP / FAROOQ NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows an Pakistani elephant caretaker with the elephant known as Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows Pakistani elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows a visitor taking a selfie next to Pakistani elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows Pakistani elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows an Pakistani elephant caretaker in a moat at an enclosure with the elephant known as Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows Pakistani elephant Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from 'mental illness', experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan's leafy capital. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
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