Raju was most likely taken from his mother at a young age, and over the next five decades was subjected to cruel care while shacked in ropes and chains with spikes that dug into his flesh.
When Raju's rescuers
finally gained approval from the Indian courts to confiscate him from
his handler last week, they went in at night to avoid too many people,
and to protect the elephant from the hot sun.
When rescuers came,
Raju's handler reportedly tried to agitate and provoke the elephant
into becoming violent in order to scare them away. However, the group
stood their ground, saying the situation was "desperate" and Raju needed
to be freed. One doctor said it was as if Raju sensed that change was
coming, and the elephant began to cry: