Raju the elephant was abused and held in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists. Fittingly, on July 4th, a wildlife rescue team went in the middle of the night to perform a daring rescue operation.

However, last week, a 10-strong team of vets and wildlife experts from the charity were joined by 20 forestry department officers and six policemen to seize Raju from his suffering in the Uttar Pradesh area of India. The mission took place under the cover of darkness, as fewer people would be around for the dangerous rescue and the animal could be protected from the searing heat of the sun.

The team said it became more emotional when the elephant was released and started to weep.

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