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Elephant Cries Tears Of Joy After 50 Years Of Torture!

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Raju the elephant was beaten, chained up ,tortured and starved for 50 years! His only source of food was what he got from tourists passing by or by eating plastic and rubbish to fill his empty stomach.

Animal charity workers were alerted to his brutal treatment and freed him during the night of July 4th, last week.

As he was freed he cried tears of joy, stirring an emotional reaction in all those around him.

Take a look at the video below of him being released.

One of Raju's rescuers Pooja Binepal from Wildlife SOS UK said “Very little is known about his early years but we believe he was poached from his mother as a young calf.

The poachers either slaughter mothers or they drive the herd into traps that are small enough only for the babies to fall into.The mother cries for her baby for days after he’s been stolen. It is a sickening trade.The calves are then tied and beaten until they submit to their owners. Their spirits are broken.

Raju’s case was particularly tragic. He has been sold on and on. We believe he has had up to 27 owners. By the time we found him he was in a pathetic condition.He had no shelter at night and was used as a beggars’ prop from dawn until dusk.He wasn’t fed properly and was in a state of hunger and exhaustion. He began eating plastic and paper.

His nails are severely overgrown, he has ­abscesses and wounds because of his spiked shackles and ­continually walking on a Tarmac road has led to his footpad overgrowing.

We had to act quickly as his situation was so ­desperate and the cruelty so extreme.The spikes on his chains were cutting into his flesh. Each time he moved pus would ooze out of the wounds. Pain and brutality were all he knew. His cruel handler even tore out the hair from his tail to sell as good luck charms. The ­exploitation and abuse just had to stop.” (mirror.co.uk)

Raju is now in the care of Wildlife SOS where he is receiving medical treatment, food and finally getting the freedom he deserves!

Images from ibnlive and mirror.co.uk

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