Raju the elephant was freed from his spiked shackles after 50 years of abuse at the hands of a reported drug addict in July.
Workers from the charity Wildlife SOS rescued Raju in a night time rescue, and two months later his owners launched a legal battle to reclaim Raju.
An Indian court ruled that Raju was to remain with his rescuers, finally bringing the lifetime of abuse he suffered to an end.
Kartick Satyanarayan, who led the rescue to save the elephant and who founded Wildlife SOS, said:
'This is a huge victory, not only for Raju, but for every elephant suffering in pain silently.'
During the mission rescuers said tears rolled down the face of the tormented animal, who was so starved that he had to eat rubbish in the streets of India.
'He had been so terribly brutalised for 50 years that we feared he’d be unable to live with his own kind. He didn’t even know how to be an elephant.'
Update - Raju Emerges Victorious!