Raju the elephant enjoys the water. An Indian court has ruled that the elephant, who was chained for 50 years, can remain with the group that rescued him in July. Wildlife SOS hide caption itoggle caption Wildlife SOS The Two-Way Indian Court Says Elephant Who Was Chained For 50 Years Is Free December 2, 2014 Raju the elephant appeared to shed tears last July when he was freed from his shackles. He will now be allowed to remain with his rescuers. His previous owner had wanted him back.