Freedom at Last: ‘Unluckiest Elephant’ Liberated After 50 Years of Chains, Ending Decades of Suffering in Remarkable Rescue Effort

For more than 50 years, Mohan knew nothing but a life of suffering – but now he’s finally able to break free of his dark past and embrace the bright future ahead of him.

As a baby, Mohan was stolen from the wild, separated from his family and herd in the 1960s. From there, the calf was systematically broken so that he could become a begging elephant, Wildlife SOS wrote in a press release. Like most captive elephants, he was tied up and beaten so that he would be more easily trainable by his owners.

“He spent the majority of his time in the villages near Lucknow, where he walked the streets begging for money or begging outside temples or hired out to be used for wedding ceremonies,” Wildlife SOS wrote. “The severe scars and puncture wounds on his body and his emaciated condition confirm the extensive torture and neglect he has endured over the years.”

Wildlife SOS first became aware of Mohan’s plight during the Raju rescue. The two elephants had spent years of their lives chained side by side together at an elephant camp, making them “brothers in pain,” according to Wildlife SOS. Mohan was so hungry he resorted to eating plastic.

Ever since 2014, the organization has been fighting relentlessly to deliver Mohan the same type of freedom Raju now enjoys.

However, that was easier said than done. Mohan earned the nickname of the “unluckiest elephant in the world” for several upsetting reasons.

It wasn’t until this month that a high court took Mohan’s deteriorating health into serious consideration and gave the go-ahead for Mohan to be transferred to Wildlife SOS’s elephant care center, where he’ll receive long-term medical treatment and, more importantly, a home where he’ll never be hurt again.

Mohan’s medical recovery includes a healthy diet rich with fruits and vegetables to help him regain the weight he’s lost from malnutrition and illness.

He also has a worm infestation in his stomach to fight off, in addition to liver issues.

His road to rehabilitation and becoming a completely healthy elephant is long, but he now has an entire team dedicated to seeing him through the journey.

Ever since his arrival at the elephant care center on September 22, Mohan has been getting all of the love and pampering he’s been denied so far in life, in the form of baths, treats and long walks around his large enclosure.

“His freedom has been a long time coming, and we are so grateful to everyone who stood strong through this long and often disheartening and dangerous fight for his freedom,” Geeta Seshamani, cofounder of Wildlife SOS, said in the press release.

Want to help Wildlife SOS continue doing good work for animals like Mohan in need? You can make a donation here.


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