An elephant that was rescued after fifty years in chains has captured the hearts of the world after he cried when he finally tasted freedom.
Raju the elephant was tied up and used as a tourist attraction in India, spiked shackles causing him much pain.
He was forced to hold out his trunk and beg for coins – surviving only on plastic and paper for food, according to the Daily Mail.
The animal cried tears of relief after he was rescued by North London-based charity Wildlife SOS.
Last week, a team of vets and wildlife experts from the charity joined forestry officers and police to seize Raju.
The emotional mission took place under the cover of darkness.
Raju was freed exactly a year to the day since the charity was alerted to his plight.
It is believed the elephant was poached from his mother as a young calf.
Since his release, Raju has received emergency medical attention as well as a proper bath and food.
The charity has now launched a campaign to raise $18,000 to help Raju begin the start of his new life in a new enclosure.