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Abused elephant who cried tears of joy when rescued celebrates five years of freedom

30 days ago   |   By Metro

Raju spent 50 years in captivity
India's best loved elephant is celebrating five years of freedom after spending 50 years confined to chains.
Raju moved the world with his tearful reaction when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS volunteers, a charity which rescues wildlife across India, in July 2014.
He had previously spent five decades roaming the streets of Uttar Pradesh with his owner, who was keeping him illegally and using him for begging.
During that time he was tightly restrained by spiked chains, while his thin body bore multiple scars and abscesses, caused by repeated jabs with a...
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