The 36-year-old bull elephant from Sri Lanka — termed the “world’s loneliest” — was the sole Asian elephant at Islamabad’s dilapidated zoo.
Kaavan was gifted by the government of Sri Lanka to Pakistan in 1985 as a result of the positive relationship between the two countries.
He was moved to a sanctuary in Cambodia in response to a campaign launched by local and international animal rights activists led by American singer Cher.
It was his first contact with another elephant in eight years.
Kaavan greeted a fellow inhabitant of the Cambodian sanctuary where he is beginning his new life after being rescued.