Elephants Cries Actual Tears After Being Released From 50 Years In Shackles

Heartwarming And Heartbreaking

Heartwarming And Heartbreaking

I'm not sure whether to describe this story as heartwarming or heartbreaking. On one hand, this elephant appeared to cry true tears of joy at being released from shackles after fifty years, but on the other, he had been in shackles for fifty years!

No Quality Care And Comfort

No Quality Care And Comfort

The elephant in question, Raju, is thought to have been taken from his mother in India around fifty years ago, before being sold from place to place, never enjoying anything that might be described as quality care or comfort.

No Respite

No Respite

When he was rescued, Raju was being used as a prop for beggars but was not being given anywhere near enough food of his own, and was kept locked up in the shackles for the whole day, with absolutely no respite from his restraints whatsoever.

Merciful Freedom For Raju

Merciful Freedom For Raju

Mercifully, thanks to wildlife organization Wildlife SOS, Raju has finally been offered that respite and he will now never have to endure the hell of his old life again. According to the site, they began the legal procedure of acquiring the right to take the elephant about one year before they were granted permission to step in and take it to freedom.

No More Tears For Raju

No More Tears For Raju

A member of the rescue party, Pooja Binepal, said "Tears began to roll down Raju's face. Some no doubt were due to the pain but he also seemed to sense that change was coming."

"We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed," he added.

It's now been some time since Raju was rescued. Happily, he is in a much better place now. You can watch hsi story in this video. Some parts are heartbreaking, some parts are heartwarming.