"Our team goes to the zoo daily, at different times, to do surprise checkups," Jamil told The Dodo. When Jamil found Kaavan chained up this week, swaying from side to side, he demanded that Kaavan's mahout unchain him.
Finally, he did.
"This is very sad and unfortunately it is what Kaavan will suffer if he stays in the zoo," Samar Khan, who works to spread the word about Kaavan's plight internationally, told The Dodo. "Despite everything our volunteers have done to ensure that Kaavan is given a proper standard of living, the zoo staff still go against the official unchaining orders because it is more convenient to care for a chained elephant than an unchained one."