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Cher travels to Cambodia for 'World's Loneliest Elephant'

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 11/30/2020 Mark Gray

Cher made good on her promise to be there for an infamous viral elephant.

Over the weekend, the singer traveled to a sanctuary in Cambodia to greet an elephant named Kaavan after it was transferred from a Pakistani zoo.

a group of people wearing costumes: Cher © AFP via Getty Images Cher

Kaavan has become a viral sensation, somewhat thanks to the "Believe" singer. The elephant was gifted to the Pakistan zoo several decades ago. There, Kaavan has languished for 35 years and has been solo since losing his partner in 2012. Following years of severe negligence, Kaavan was diagnosed by veterinarians as both overweight and malnourished and also suffers from behavioral issues due to his isolation.

He has become known as "the world's loneliest elephant."

In May, Pakistan's high court ordered the closure of Marghazar Zoo in the capital of Islamabad, where Kaavan lived for most of his life, the New York Post said. A movement, involving Cher, soon began to get Kaavan moved to the sanctuary in Cambodia.

Eventually, the hard work paid off, and on Nov. 30, Cher greeted Kaavan at a Cambodian airport. 

"I thought long & Hard about going out into Covid But Kaavan's Freedom was a Promise I Made. On My Site I Say 'Stand & Be Counted,Or Sit & Be Nothing' WE ALL STOOD & WE WERE COUNTED & KAAVAN WILL BE FREE," she happily tweeted.

a woman wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: Cher © AFP via Getty Images Cher

Pictures showed her waiting for Kaavan with a white rose in hand.

Kaavan's story will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Cher said on Twitter. 

"Kaavan's journey to freedom from captivity in Islamabad to Cambodia will be a 2021 @SmithsonianChan documentary," she said. The documentary, she previously wrote, "will be heartwarming."

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