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New Documentary Follows Cher On An Elephant Rescue Mission In Pakistan

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Actor, singer and all-around icon Cher added “animal activist” to her checklist of titles when she oversaw the removing of an endangered elephant from a Pakistani zoo this previous autumn.

Subsequent month, followers will get to witness that emotional second for themselves when Paramount+ unveils “Cher & the Loneliest Elephant,” a movie documenting the “Moonstruck” star’s go to to the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. The film is ready to reach on April 22, to coincide with Earth Day.

Paramount+ launched a 10-second teaser for “Cher & the Loneliest Elephant” Wednesday, displaying the Oscar winner posing with the elephant, Kaavan. The movie will likely be out there to observe on the Smithsonian Channel beginning Might 19.

Cher mentioned she first realized about Kaavan by means of on-line activists. The elephant had been saved at Marghazar Zoo since 1985 ― almost his total life ― and veterinarians had identified him as each obese and malnourished. After listening to of the elephant’s plight, Cher co-founded Free the Wild, an animal advocacy group. Her 2017 single “Partitions” was additionally aimed toward elevating consciousness of captive animal abuse.



Cher with the elephant Kaavan in November 2020.

Kaavan’s outlook took a flip for the higher in Might 2020, when a Pakistani excessive courtroom ordered that the elephant be freed. A global rescue group, 4 Paws, discovered an applicable new residence for him at a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary.

The relocation efforts have been fraught with logistical challenges, however Cher remained undeterred. In November, she flew to Islamabad to supervise Kaavan’s resettlement firsthand, alongside a bunch of animal support teams and veterinarians.

“I used to be frightened,” the famous person mentioned in a press release Wednesday. “However then I believed, what do you need to do extra? You made a promise, and you need to go. I didn’t see every other strategy to do it. I’ve a saying on my Twitter, ‘Stand and be counted or sit and be nothing.’ And I wasn’t going to sit down and be nothing.”

“Folks desire a pleased ending,” she added. “Folks don’t need to see animals undergo. And I do know individuals are struggling too, however it is a story that may brighten their lives.”

Watch the teaser for “Cher & the Loneliest Elephant” beneath.  

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