Mohan had been forced to perform for nearly as long as he's been in this world, stolen from his own wild herd in India as a mere calf. He was forced to travel in chains throughout the region as a begging elephant.
It took a lifetime for him to finally catch a break. Dubbed "the unluckiest elephant in the world" by rescuers at Wildlife SOS India, Mohan was the subject of a court battle since 2013.
In that time, the group mounted no less than 18 legal actions to try to wrest Mohan from his owner in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.