PHOTOS: Sunder’s New Life

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In a story that shows you should never give up hope, earlier this month, in India – after epic campaigns by PETA and our international affiliates – Sunder the elephant was rescued from years of abuse.

A few weeks later, he’s now settling into his new home at Bannerghatta Biological Park wonderfully!

Sunder drinks water in his new home

Instead of being kept in chains and beaten, first in a temple and then in a shed, he’s now in a beautiful green sanctuary, where he can explore, splash around in ponds and get coconuts for treats.


After years of isolation from other elephants, he is at last able to make friends with other members of his own species. sunder-kissing-lakshmi sunder-with-baby-shiva

And the massive wound on his leg, caused by heavy chains, is now healing, thanks to veterinary care.

His years of trauma won’t be easy to recover from, but experts from Animal Rahat who have been helping with Sunder’s transition report that he’s showing positive signs of progress. Soon, he will be free to spend the rest of his life roaming the forest, streams and ponds in the park with his new family.

Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign and helped change this animal’s life! There are many other animals like Sunder out there, still waiting to be rescued, so never stop fighting for what’s right.

Right now, please take action for Mali – the only elephant in the Manila Zoo in the Philippines, who is lonely, ill and imprisoned.

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  • Lydia Caldwell commented on June 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Please free Mali. No being- especially one that cannot communicate to us through words- should be imprisoned and traumatized. Animals do not belong in zoos. Please free this lonesome, sad elephant named Mali and put her in a park.

  • B. Vox commented on June 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It’s great to see this story have a happy ending. Elephants are fairly smart and compassionate creatures. I hope that this elephant doesn’t have too many phycological problems as a result of its abuse.

  • Andrea Wilkie commented on August 11, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Bless ALL who put in their best efforts (; which resulted in an awe inspiring outcome) for our beautiful sunder
    TH♡NK Y♡U to each and everyone of you . My love to you all ANGE ♡♧

  • Aliesha Henderson commented on August 11, 2014 at 2:06 am

    This is so wonderful! Makes me finally believe that humans are nice creatures again.. I’m so happy for him finally getting the things he needs, elephants are such warming, nice animals. I’m so glad for what everyone has done to make this change happen!

  • Vanbelle commented on August 11, 2014 at 6:20 am


  • L commented on August 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

    No living breathing thing should be treated any lesser than humans.
    How dare we put oursleves above everything!!!
    Human kind will be the end of this earth!

  • Tulin commented on August 11, 2014 at 10:01 am

    It’s so cruel and could anyone do this to an elephant or other animals it breaks my should happen to them.hope someone can help them and try put a stop to it.

  • Melissa Green commented on August 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

    So beautiful to see Sunder enjoying life and being a real elephant, doing what elephants do naturally! Well done team PETA!

  • Tina feaver commented on August 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    You read all these awful stories sign petitions thinking I hope it is all worthwhile..but never really sure if it works I so wish I had money to send maybe one day.. then you read this beautiful happy ending and it lifts your heart and you cannot thank these people that make it happen enough such angels whoever you all are makes my day and Sunder gets to live a good life bless you all..

  • David Lewis commented on August 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This brings tears of joy to see this Beautiful Elephant happy and free from the torture .

  • Carol Hedley commented on August 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    August 12, 2014 — HAPPY INTERNATIONAL ELEPHANTS DAY, Sunder. So good to see pictures of you enjoying life dear Sunder.

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  • Kathleen greenhalgh commented on June 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Im so thrilled to hear sunder is safe and getting the love and care he deserves, god bless x

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