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The News Minute | August 5, 2014 | 11:22 am IST When Raju, the Indian elephant who was kept in captivity for 50 years, was rescued last month, he shed tears of liberation and relief- from the spiked shackles that tore into his flesh to the constant abuse and beatings.  According to a report in Daily Mail, earlier Raju was "forced to hold out his trunk and beg for a few coins from passers-by – surviving only on plastic and paper for food". Wildlife SOS rescued Raju from the torture in Uttar Pradesh. Raju's heart-rending story of a life in bonds and agony soon spread across the world, touching people to the core and bring tears to many of those eyes.  Read our earlier report: Love, sympathy and hope pours in for Raju the elephant on Facebook But now Raju is a free being, and he seems to be enjoying every bit of the freedom that he deserves. He now lives in Wildlife SOS's Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Agra, India with a group of other elephants and together they are called Herd of Hope, reports Daily Mail. Wildlife SOS has, since Raju's rescue, shared on its Facebook page pictures and videos of the majestic beast's new life- from playing in the pool to being administered proper care and treatment, his journey to a better life seems to have just begun.  Raju receiving veterinary treatment Post by Wildlife S.O.S. Raju having a fun time Post by Wildlife S.O.S. Raju the swimmer Post by Wildlife S.O.S. Treat time Post by Wildlife S.O.S. Grazing around Post by Wildlife S.O.S. Raju on his morning stroll Post by Wildlife S.O.S. This is how Raju likes to spend his Sundays Post by Wildlife S.O.S.
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