An elephant who suffered 50 years of brutality was rescued over the Fourth of July weekend.
Raju has been held in spiked chains, often beaten or otherwise abused for most of his life, so thanks to Wildlife SOS a midnight mission was orchestrated to rescue Raju from the Uttar Pradesh area in India.
According to E! News, “Raju has spent the past 50 years living a pitiful existence in chains 24 hours a day, an act of intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue. It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed,” Wildlife SOS spokesperson Pooja Binepal said.
Now the elephant will know what it is like to walk with out puncturing shackles and what it’s like to not suffer any more.