An elephant which was shackled in spiked chains for 50 years cried after it was freed in an overnight rescue mission.
Raju was beaten, forced to beg and eat plastic on the streets of India to survive.
But last week north London-based charity Wildlife SOS stepped in to save Raju from dying in his bonds in a daring midnight rescue operation.
He was freed one minute into July 4 – Independence Day.
And incredibly, as the team moved in to save him they reported tears rolling down his face.
The charity’s UK spokeswoman Pooja Binepal said: ‘Raju has spent the past 50 years living a pitiful existence in chains 24 hours a day, an act of intolerable cruelty.
‘The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue.
‘It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realised he was being freed.’
For more information about the charity and for details on how to donate visit www.wildlifesos.org.
source: metro UK