Animal rights activists have long highlighted the poor treatment the elephant has received and in 2015 started a campaign to rescue Kavaan from the zoo which was endorsed by pop star Cher. In May 2020, Islamabad High Court ruled in favour of relocating Kavaan from Islamabad to a suitable sanctuary. World’s loneliest elephant In 1985, the Sri Lankan government gifted Kavaan, then a young calf, to Pakistan in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. In 1990, Kavaan was joined by a mate named Saheli, who came from Bangladesh. Saheli died in 2012, turning Kavaan into “the loneliest elephant“. He started showing signs of lethargy, stress and later aggression, which led his keepers to chain him.