Wildlife SOS coordinated the rescue operation as part of its new, ambitious campaign to rescue every circus elephant in India. Its first rescue was a blind female circus elephant named Suzy, who was saved in February.
With the Nut Herd officially free, there are now 64 elephants left in circuses in India, says the group.
A 10-member team from Wildlife SOS saved the animals and they are currently en route to Pune, where they will take some time to "recuperate" from their experience before settling in at their final destination. Most likely it will be Wildlife SOS' Elephant Rescue Center, Suvidha Bhatnagar, the communications director for Wildlife SOS in Delhi, told The Dodo.