Raju Unchained: Watch This Elephant’s Transformation From Captivity To Sanctuary
Raju's new life stands out in stark contrast with his past. Sharp shared the following footage of Raju in chains with The Dodo, a sad statement of cruelty to elephants. [Ed. Note: The footage is disturbing.]
But at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center at Mathura, India, Raju has a second chance for a better life. Here, veterinarian Yaduraj Khadpekar administers medicine to Raju's wounds.
On the other side of the pen, you can spot a mahout feeding Raju bananas. The bananas help get the elephant get habituated to the treatment, Sharp says -- they'll associate medicine with a tasty snack.
Raju, left, with Phoolkal, an elephant who comes from a similar background as Raju. The two are quickly bonding: "It's interesting to see who naturally bonds with who," Sharp says.
Once Raju's infections heal, he'll be able to cool off and exercise in a swimming pool, Sharp says. He'll also go for two hour walks each morning -- a welcome way to stretch his unchained legs.