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Published on July 20, 2021

Poaching is the illegal hunting, capturing, and killing of wild animals. Many steps have been taken to curb the activities of poachers but still much is required.

Sometimes destiny plays a great role and where we humans feel helpless, a divine power comes to do poetic justice. As in this case, a poacher was punished as he was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

According to the statement released by South African National Park, the deceased and his fellow associates were running away from rangers when they met a breeding herd of elephants. They even dropped an ax and a bag full of their things in an attempt to escape from the rangers.

In order to find the poachers, the rangers took the help of the South African Police Service Air Wing and K9 Unit. They were successful in arresting one suspect and that suspect informed the rangers that the group had run into a herd of elephants and he was not sure whether they had escaped or not.

The rangers managed to find his accomplice who was badly trampled and it was quite unfortunate that he died of his injuries. However, a third suspect who was injured in the eye was able to flee.Β  A rifle had been found and the case was referred to the police. The search for the third suspect is in progress.

According to the wildlife groups, every year, poachers kill hundreds of endangered African rhinos for their horns and thousands of elephants that is 1 in every 15 minutes.

Gareth Coleman, who is the managing executive of the Kruger National Park, urged people to help them in their battle against poaching. He added that the campaign against poaching is the responsibility of all of them.

It threatened many livelihoods, destroyed families, and took much-needed resources to fight crime which could be used for creating jobs and development.

It is hoped that more people would come forward to help in the fight against poaching. It is really necessary to understand that earth’s creatures are our responsibility and we should protect them.

Elephant Broke Down Crying As He Got Rescued After 50 Years In Chains

A few years have passed but this majestic elephant’s story still touches the hearts of countless animal lovers worldwide. People called him β€œthe crying elephant”, because he literally cried when he was rescued. And as he cried, the world cried with him.

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Raju was only a calf when some β€œhumans” stole him from the wild, and he had been living in endless torture since that fateful day. For 50 years, the poor animal was chained and abused in a horrible way that we could hardly imagine. He had changed twenty-seven owners, but all of them treated him as a money-making machine and often beat him brutally even if he listened or not.

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Raju was exhausted, both mentally and physically. No one cared about his pain and there’s absolutely nothing the sad tusker could do about it. He was convinced that the few inches these chains offered were the only freedom he could get.

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After five decades living in hell, luck finally smiled upon Raju when the Wildlife SOS heard about his terrible living conditions. A team of volunteers immediately got on the road to reach his location, they had to rescue him at night for fear that his owner or his mahout would make it hard for them to take Raju away.

And as they removed the spiked chains, the elephant burst into tears. His cry broke the rescuers’ hearts.

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Raju was brought to the Wildlife SOS’s Elephant Conservation and Care Center, where he could be able to enjoy a free life with plenty of love and care that he totally deserved alongside rescue elephants just like him. It took the luckless boy months to recover and open up his heart, which was truly difficult after everything that he had been through. But eventually, he made it. They made it.

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Watch the touching rescue here:

 

Now that 6 years have passed and Raju is probably happier than ever. As the rescuer said, his spirit has β€œtruly soared”.

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Let’s take a look at his new joyous life:

 

Please share Raju’s moving story with your loved ones to help more unlucky elephants like him get rescued timely!