Back in November, Cher helped an animal welfare organization rescue Kaavan, the world’s loneliest elephant.
The 74-year-old pop icon aided in helping get the 36-year-old elephant out from the horrific zoo he was living in, over to an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia where he was around other rescued elephants, and it was there that Kaavan made his first friend in years.
The odyssey that this gentle giant underwent will now be shared with the world through the upcoming Paramount+ and Smithsonian Channel documentary, “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant.” It is set to come out on Earth Day, which is April 22.
The documentary will look at Cher and her use of her status to bring momentum to the social media campaign to save Kaavan after he was given the nickname of “world’s loneliest elephant.” This title arose from the elephant losing his partner and subsequently spending eight years alone in the zoo.
It was only through the hard work of several international sanctuaries, FOUR PAWS, as well as other animal aid groups, that Kaavan was finally able to be rescued from the zoo and then transferred 2,300 miles away to his new home in an elephant sanctuary.
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What was most remarkable about this undertaking was that the rescue was able to go ahead during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
This rescue attempt started to gain some international attention, and that is how Cher first heard about Kaavan’s situation. After she learned more about his awful living conditions in the zoo’s stifling heat and overwhelming loneliness, she knew that she needed to join the cause. That is when she co-founded the non-profit, Free The Wild, alongside Mark Cowne, Gine Nelthorpe Cowne, and Jennifer Ruiz – all in an effort to stop the suffering of wild animals who are living in captivity.
The non-profit’s first major rescue was that of Kaavan, and he inspired Cher’s original song, “Walls,” which helped to raise awareness for the elephant’s desperate need for freedom.
The efforts of all those involved in working to free Kaavan eventually paid off in May 2020, when the Pakistani high court finally agreed to free Kaavan. Once all arrangements and proceedings were made, Kaavan was a free elephant in November 2020 when he was transported to a new home.
The struggles of getting Kaavan from Pakistan all the way to his new home at the sanctuary are documented through the documentary. “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant” provides an insight into Cher’s active role in getting freedom for Kaavan, as well as all the challenges faced as they dispatched the four-ton elephant across the globe during COVID-19.
The pop star gave a statement about the documentary according to ABC News Radio, saying, “People want a happy ending. People don’t want to see animals suffer. And I know people are suffering too, but this is a story that can brighten their lives.”
According to PEOPLE, James Blue, the head of Smithsonian Channel & SVP MTV News and Docs, shared, “It’s truly remarkable to witness what can happen when people come together to pursue a shared mission.”
We’re so glad that Kaavan was able to find his happily-ever-after thanks to the dedication of so many caring people – Cher included!
Watch the teaser for the documentary below:
What do you think of his story? Will you be watching the documentary? Let us know!Whizzco