Elephant Who Wept Through His Rescue Officially Declared 'Free' By Court Earlier this year, the story of an elephant named Raju touched hearts around the world. After 50 years of suffering and exploitation at the hands of his owner in India, shed tears as volunteers from the group Wildlife SOS freed him from painful shackles. But that was only the beginning of Raju's bid for freedom. Not long after Wildlife SOS intervened and relocated him to a sanctuary, the man who kept the elephant chained all those decades, launched a legal battle to try to get him back, claiming that Raju was his rightful property.
A legal team from Wildlife SOS fought "tooth and nail" to ensure Raju's freedom. And on Tuesday, India's Allahabad High Court ruled in Raju's favor - officially declaring him free to live out his days in peace on the sanctuary grounds among elephants just like himself. Every day, Raju continues to get healthier and stronger, say his rescuers, as he settles into his new life on the sanctuary.