A singer performs during a farewell ceremony for Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS)
A singer performs during a farewell ceremony for Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.(REUTERS)

Elephant from Pakistan serenaded at farewell party as he sets off for new life in Cambodia

To mark the occasion, officials, including lawmakers and Pakistan’s climate change minister, gathered among balloons and signs saying “Farewell Kaavan, we will miss you”.
By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja | Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:47 PM IST

Officials and well-wishers gathered at Islamabad Zoo on Monday for a farewell party for Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan before he sets off for a new life in Cambodia this week.

After years of campaigning by animal rights advocates and pop star Cher to rescue him from grim conditions with no companion, Kaavan was finally set to be airlifted to an elephant sanctuary on Sunday.

Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)
Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)

To mark the occasion, officials, including lawmakers and Pakistan’s climate change minister, gathered among balloons and signs saying “Farewell Kaavan, we will miss you”.

Children posed for photos and musicians performed in front of the enclosure, with Kaavan at one point serenaded while he snacked on some grass.

A caretaker feeds Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)
A caretaker feeds Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)

Kaavan is known to be a fan of music and Amir Khalil, a vet from animal rescue organisation Four Paws, bonded with the elephant, who has been aggressive to humans in the past, by singing him Frank Sinatra songs.

Four Paws spokeswoman Marion Lombard said that though it was never easy to move a wild animal weighing 4.8 tonnes, Kaavan was responding well to training and was ready to leave.

Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen beside a crate during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)
Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen beside a crate during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)

“We decided to organise an event to give the opportunity to the people of Pakistan and the government to say goodbye to Kaavan, before his new life in Cambodia. So we want to wish him a happy retirement,” she said.

Kaavan will be airlifted to Cambodia after training for weeks with international specialists armed with treats such as bananas to get him used to the small enclosure and loud noises of the 10-hour flight.

Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)
Kaavan, an elephant waiting to be transported to a sanctuary in Cambodia, is seen during a farewell ceremony at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. (REUTERS)

Cher was due to arrive in Islamabad later in the week to finally meet the elephant she had worked for years to rescue and see him off.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
The girl recently left her home at Jamalpur village in UP's Mirzapur district and took a bus to travel to Mumbai. (representational image)(PTI)
The girl recently left her home at Jamalpur village in UP's Mirzapur district and took a bus to travel to Mumbai. (representational image)(PTI)

Maharashtra cops reunite 17-year-old runaway girl with family in UP

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:05 AM IST
A police patrol team spotted the girl crying under a bridge at Rajnoli Naka in Bhiwandi.
Close
The image shows baby Charlie.(Instagram/@austingeter)
The image shows baby Charlie.(Instagram/@austingeter)

Dad gives twist to nursery rhyme to make baby say ‘Dada’. Video is adorable

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:51 AM IST
As the clip follows, it shows how the baby's dad gives a tiny twist to a popular nursery rhyme to make her say “Dada”.
Close
The record is created by a team called E-Jump Fuji.(Instagram/@guinnessworldrecords)
The record is created by a team called E-Jump Fuji.(Instagram/@guinnessworldrecords)

Record making skipping video of kids prompts people to ask ‘are they floating’

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:47 AM IST
“Most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team,”Guinness World Records wrote while sharing the video on Instagram.
Close
The image shows the firefighter rescuing the dog.(Twitter/@SouthMetroPIO)
The image shows the firefighter rescuing the dog.(Twitter/@SouthMetroPIO)

Firefighter swims through icy water to rescue dog in Colorado. Watch

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:54 PM IST
“Awesome job!! Thank you!!!” wrote a Facebook user while commenting on the video.
Close
Joe Biden took to Instagram to share this image of US Capitol.(Instagram/@joebiden)
Joe Biden took to Instagram to share this image of US Capitol.(Instagram/@joebiden)

Ahead of inauguration, Joe Biden shares image of US Capitol on Instagram

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 09:39 PM IST
“It’s a new day in America,” Joe Biden wrote while sharing the image.
Close
The image shows two tigers engaged in a fight.(Screengrab)
The image shows two tigers engaged in a fight.(Screengrab)

‘Clash of the titans’: Fierce fight between two tigers captured on camera

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:12 PM IST
“Breathtaking," wrote a Twitter user while commenting on the video.
Close
The flurry of tweets prompted the hashtag #JackMa to trend on Twitter.(Twitter)
The flurry of tweets prompted the hashtag #JackMa to trend on Twitter.(Twitter)

Tweeple welcome back Jack Ma with memes after months of disappearance

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:26 PM IST
After the news of Ma’s re-emergence, tweeple didn’t waste much time to flood the micro-blogging site with amusing memes.
Close
Hrithik Roshan's post has prompted people to share various tweets.(Instagram/@hrithikroshan)
Hrithik Roshan's post has prompted people to share various tweets.(Instagram/@hrithikroshan)

Hrithik Roshan joins Twitter thread with lyrics of Senorita from ZNMD. Know why

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:47 PM IST
It all started when a Twitter user conveyed in a post that the song Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is better than Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's track by the same name.
Close
The image shows a meme shared by a Twitter user.(Twitter/@goofy_strikes)
The image shows a meme shared by a Twitter user.(Twitter/@goofy_strikes)

Gujarat govt’s decision to rename dragon fruit as 'Kamalam’ sparks meme fest

By Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 05:38 PM IST
In Gujarat, dragon fruit is largely grown in Kutch and Navsari.
Close
The image shows Nobita married to Shizuka.(Twitter)
The image shows Nobita married to Shizuka.(Twitter)

Nobita and Shizuka got married and tweeple can’t be any happier

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:47 PM IST
The pleasant surprise has left netizens with happy tears and the tweets have prompted the hashtag #Nobita to trend on Twitter.
Close
The image shows the adult male rhino.(ANI)
The image shows the adult male rhino.(ANI)

Rhino strays out of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, taken to State Zoo

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:44 PM IST
The animal that moved out of the park on January 16 at Jakhalabandha area of Kaliabor, was successfully guided inside the park.
Close
The image shows Padma Lakshmi showing the recipe for tamarind rice.(Instagram/@padmalakshmi)
The image shows Padma Lakshmi showing the recipe for tamarind rice.(Instagram/@padmalakshmi)

Padma Lakshmi’s Indian dish in honour of Kamala Harris may make your mouth water

By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:24 PM IST
Padma Lakshmi whipped up Kamala Harris’ one of the favourite Indian dishes in honour of the Inauguration Day.
Close
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden poses with his new rescue dog Major while adopting it from the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. November 16, 2018. Picture taken November 16, 2018. (via REUTERS)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden poses with his new rescue dog Major while adopting it from the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. November 16, 2018. Picture taken November 16, 2018. (via REUTERS)

First dogs Major and Champ move in to the White House after 'indoguration'

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:19 AM IST
Major, a German Shepherd, will be the first rescue dog ever to live in the White House. The Bidens adopted him in November 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ, also a German Shepherd, joined the family in 2008.
Close
A healthcare worker being administered the vaccine shot at Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar, on Monday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
A healthcare worker being administered the vaccine shot at Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar, on Monday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)

Authorities deploy TV, music, selfie stand for vaccine centres

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:05 AM IST
District officials said a feature has also been added to the Co-WIN app to allow the list of beneficiaries uploaded on the mobile application to be changed.
Close
Aadil Manzoor Shah began singing when he was 14, has his YouTube channel(Facebook/@Aadil Manzoor Shah)
Aadil Manzoor Shah began singing when he was 14, has his YouTube channel(Facebook/@Aadil Manzoor Shah)

23-year-old Kashmiri folk singer aims for wider audience with his music

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:16 AM IST
In 2008, after quitting his studies in the eight standards, Aadil followed his father's footsteps and started playing traditional musical instruments, as a team of his father's group.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP