Raju is the name of the elephant in India that was just freed after 50 years in chains. Did you read the story about him? Click on his name and that will take you to the Wildlife SOS India site which is the organization that freed this animal. It is well worth reading. (It's hard to see him in chains but remember, you will see him freed in the end!) Don't know about anyone else, but I am so grateful for the rescue! It seems that the elephant is finding it hard to trust humans, and who could blame him? I hope that with lots of tender, loving care the animal will recover and thrive.
Raju is in India and so, of course, he is an Asian elephant. The Asian elephant has smaller ears and a smaller trunk than the African elephant, besides having a different shaped head.
Once, years ago, when I was at Zoo Atlanta with my son, we were at a nature talk at the elephant exhibit and we were asked if any of us wanted to walk over and touch the side of the elephant. You know that I did! The skin felt so wonderfully alive! I thought of my close encounter when I read of Raju's rescue from 50 years of being in chains!
FREEDOM AND LIFE! It is something to celebrate at all times!