Kawan, known as the world’s largest elephant, is about to leave Cambodia after the Cher campaign to free him


(CNN) – A 36-year-old overweight Asian elephant, who has spent most of his life alone in captivity, is en route to a sanctuary in Cambodia – thanks to the efforts of American pop star Cher.

Pakistan’s only Asian elephant has spent years in dire conditions at the controversial Islamabad zoo, where it has suffered torn and deformed nails along with lack of exercise due to improper living.

After Kavan’s partner died in 2012, she was dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” – and since 2016, Cher has been part of a massive social media campaign to move her.

Earlier this year, the High Court of Islamabad closed the zoo on its deteriorating conditions and allowed animal welfare organization Four Paws to remove Kavan, which Sri Lanka gifted Pakistan 35 years ago, when it According to the organization there was a child.

Kawan at Marjhar Zoo in Islamabad on June 30, 2016.

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Early Monday in Pakistan, The Wild, a charity chara co-free, The Wild, wrote on Instagram that Kavan was being loaded into a plane and was beginning a trip to Cambodia.

Prior to the flight, four-claw experts trained the elephant for a small enclosure and made a loud noise he experienced on the flight using bananas and other treatments.

The nonprofit Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary said in a Facebook post that Kavan would now live in a vast forest enclosure, where most of his food would be provided naturally – though he would also “make fruit treats to satisfy his sweet tooth. ” Three other elephants live in the sanctuary.

Cher came to know about Kavan from people on Twitter, who are producing a documentary on the elephant’s story, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Channel.

“I thought, ‘How can I fix this? How can I save an elephant that has been kept in a shed for 17 years and which is a thousand miles away?”, Cher said. “This is the first big defense of Free the Wild and I’m very proud.”

Ahead of his journey, Cher traveled to Pakistan and debuted Kavan with the song “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Mikes”.

He met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday Tweeted Her thanks to him “for making it possible for me to move to Kavan in Cambodia.”

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that former cricket star Khan thanked Cher, and invited him to participate further in the environmental initiative in Pakistan.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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