A Pakistani court has made a decision on Saturday about plans to relocate the problematic Kaavan Asian elephant from Islamabad zoo to an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. This step will allow Kaavan, the only elephant in the Pakistani capital, to interact with more than 80 Cambodian pachyderms in the Park, and under the supervision of experts from wildlife.
Activists around the world organize campaigns for the release of Kaavan, accusing Islamabad now to keep it isolated, confined, and do not provide a large animal with proper shelter and coolness during the hot summer months. Popular singer cher has joined a campaign and petition for the liberation of animals, has collected more than 400,000 signatures. Zoo officials denied the account Kaavan in chains and told that his grief was caused to him longs for a new friend. His previous Sahel, died in 2012.
A lone elephant has been observed to show unusual behavior, for example, he pokes his head which showed “a kind of mental illness,” Safwan Shahab Ahmed of the wildlife Fund of Pakistan, told the AFP news Agency in 2016.
In may last year in Islamabad High court ordered for Kaavan should be released and ordered the officials of the wild nature, to invent “a suitable refuge”.The expert group recommended that the 25,000 acres (101 square kilometers) site in Cambodia.
The elephant arrived in Islamabad from Sri Lanka as a young calf in 1985. In 2002, the Ministers said that he was temporarily confined due to a more aggressive behavior. He was released later the same year, but later, apparently, the officials of the zoo have returned to the practice.
Minister Malik Amin Aslam said that the government will “free the elephant with a good heart, and will ensure that he lives a happy life.”
The decision may also saw the Pakistani judges, ordering the relocation of dozens of other animals including lions, bears, and birds, while the zoo improve living conditions of the animals.
DJ/SMS (AFP, DPA)