Elephants are emotional beings, just as dogs, cats, chimpanzees and people are – and a long list of other animals. People who work with elephants have for many decades told stories involving elephant tears. It turns out these stories aren’t fiction.
According to Mail Online, an elephant named Raju held for 50-years in painful, spiked chains reportedly teared up after being freed from captivity from a drug dealer in India. He suffered sores all over his body. The chained elephant lived off handouts from tourists for the last half a century, even resorting to eating plastic just to survive.
North London-based charity Wildlife SOS stepped in to save Raju from dying in his bonds after learning of his plight in India.
Raju, who had been considered dangerous, surprisingly was cooperative with his rescuers. Then, after taking him off his chains they noticed Raju had tears rolling down his face.
The 5 1/2 ton animal was driven 350 miles away to a safe conservation area, where Raju is receiving medical care and a proper diet for the first time in five decades.