An elephant who had been abused for 50 years was rescued and walked free for the first time on July 4th. As Raju was being freed, he started crying.
In other animal news, remember Obie? He was the very obese dachshund - so overweight he couldn't walk. A vet tech took him in and 2 years later, he's lost 54lbs!!! You can keep tabs on him via his Facebook Page, but here's a look at before & after:
And last but certainly not least, meet PURRmanently Sad Cat! She doesn't yet have a name - the owner is taking suggestions! I vote for 'Morrissey'.