Mumbai: After being poached 50 years back, Raju the elephant was beaten, abused and chained by his owners. He was kept in spiked shackles that made him bleed and was made to beg from tourists.
The animal was recently rescued from Uttar Pradesh by a North London based charity, Wildlife SOS in daring rescue operation that happened at midnight.
The rescue team insist that they saw tears roll down Raju's eyes after he was freed from his life-long ordeal. Elephants are known to be extremely intelligent animals that cry when overcome with emotion, just like humans.
Wildlife SOS, the charity who carried on this brave act, has also launched a campaign to raise money for Raju's new life at a sanctuary in Mathura.
Watch Raju's rescue operation video here: