The Animal Rahat team recently received some terribly sad news: Gajraj the elephant passed away.
Gajraj had been captured in his youth—taken from both his family and his jungle home. He spent the next 50-plus years at a temple, where he was kept all alone: abused, neglected, and chained. Think of everything that happened in that time—a moon landing, Watergate, the end of the Cold War, the birth of the internet, the invention of the iPhone—yet decade after decade, Gajraj remained chained to one spot, his world unchanged.
Animal Rahat’s veterinarians persuaded the temple to allow them to provide Gajraj with medical treatment to relieve some of his suffering. Meanwhile, they worked on a massive campaign to rescue him, joining people all over the world in celebration when he was finally released.
Everyone at Animal Rahat lovingly remembers Gajraj and is pleased that he was able to spend his final years in comfort at a beautiful sanctuary among other rescued elephants, under the care of Wildlife SOS.
Goodbye, dear Gajraj. Rest in peace, old man.