"The fact that they were chained together at only a trunk's length away from one another for so long makes them brothers in pain," said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS. "While there is no evidence that they are related by blood, the years of abuse they withstood side by side surely must have bonded them. And each was the other's only witness to the suffering and brutality they endured."
According to Wildlife SOS, Mohan is a 56-year-old bull elephant who is suffering extensively from injuries, dehydration and malnourishment. Based on the group's examination of his dung, Mohan is eating plastic for food.
Wildlife SOS says Mohan continues to live as a working elephant and carry heavy loads.
Although last year's plan was to rescue Raju and Mohan in unison, "tragically, Mohan disappeared without a trace during our final rescue operations," the group wrote on its site.
Since then, Wildlife SOS says it has been working to secure Mohan's release, and recently amped up the effort.
The situation has proven to be tense.