World’s loneliest elephant to get new home after 4,000km move across the planet

The world’s loneliest elephant is packing up his trunk and moving from Pakistan to Cambodia – with new friends and possibly even some romance on the horizon.

Kaavan the elephant was left malnourished an in a state of distress at Pakistan’s Marghazar Zoo, where he lived for 35 long years.

But after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activist, he is set to depart the zoo for a new life this Sunday.

Kaavan is due to jet to an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia, run by the Four Paws International animal charity, where he will mingle with other pachyderms.

For the past eight years, Kaavan has lived a lonely existence as his mate died in 2012 after she contracted an infection which turned gangrenous.

South China Morning Post reports that Dr Amir Khalil, a vet working with Four Paws, found Kaavan heartbroken after his partner died.

Dr Khalil has been treating Kaavan’s wounds and ailments for the past three months – and has been helping him prepare for his trip to his new home.

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But it’s not just a vet who has been helping the animal – as pop legend Cher has also been instrumental in helping him get re-homed.

The 74-year-old Believe singer flew to Pakistan in the past week and met Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, the star revealed: “Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia.

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“Kaavan will be able to leave for Cambodia on the 29,” – adding the journey will all be captured on camera, writing: “Think documentary will be heartwarming.”

Due to years of mistreatment, the experts at Four Paws anticipate Kaavan will require years of treatment to help rehabilitate him.

After a spotlight feel on Marghazar Zoo for all the wrong reasons, authorities stepped in to shut down the amusement site in May.

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