Kaavan: Elephant helped by Cher arrives in Cambodia to start a new life

Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant”, has arrived in Cambodia by cargo plane on Monday to start a new life at a sanctuary.

The 35-year-old elephant will now be in the company of fellow pachyderms after being alone in a Karachi zoo for years.

Kaavan’s transfer has been the result of years of campaigning by Cher.

The If I Could Turn Back Time singer greeted the elephant at the airport of Cambodia’s second-biggest city Siem Reap.

Kaavan, who earlier this year was diagnosed as being dangerously overweight at 250 KG (551lbs), arrived in a custom-made crate.

Animal rescue group Four Paws said Kaavan has another 90-minute drive ahead – and would most likely arrive at the sanctuary after nightfall.

The plight of the male Asian elephant, who has been alone since the death of his partner Saheli eight years ago, has captured the hearts of people worldwide.

In May, Pakistan’s high court ordered the closure of the zoo where the animal spent most of his life.

Once the campaign to have him freed caught Cher’s attention she began campaigning and writing songs urging for his release.

The Mamma Mia star has spent the past few days with him in Pakistan.

The multi-award singer has been filming a documentary with the Smithsonian Channel about Kaavan’s story, and said she was proud to be part of an effort to free him after 17 years of being confined to a shed.

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