From: One Green Planet
After Over 50 Years in Chains – Gajraj the Elephant is Going to Sanctuary!
Gajraj the elephant spent 51 years of his life as a present to the Queen of Aundh, kept in chains at a temple in Satara, India – but all that is changing now!
At the age of 70, Gajraj has spent the majority of his days used in temple processions. When his health started to give, he was turned into a kind of permanent tourist attraction.
The elephant suffering from wounds and abscesses, especially around his legs where he was being hurt over and again with the heavy shackles that rubbed on his skin, to the point where flesh was exposed. He also became partially blind and was exhibiting many signs of zoochosis. This poor animal was noted swaying back and forth, bobbing his head, and trying to free himself from the shackles – compulsively and neurotically, but hopelessly. Further, Gajraj’s tusks have been sawed off to “protect” people who saw him, but they could just as well have been sold in the ivory market.