Cher is in Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists.

Because of security concerns, Cher’s schedule was not made public. However, she met Friday with Prime Minister Imran Khan and was expected to visit Kaavan later in the trip, according to the prime minister’s office.

Kaavan is set to leave for a sanctuary in Cambodia on Sunday, said Martin Bauer, spokesman for Four Paws International, a global animal welfare group that’s led the charge to save Kaavan since 2016. The animal has languished in the zoo for 35 years and lost his partner in 2012. She died after an infection turned gangrenous and her body lay beside Kaavan for several days before being removed, said Dr. Amir Khalil, Four Paws veterinarian.

Cher, who took up Kaavan’s cause, has been a loud voice advocating for his resettlement. She tweeted that she’s making a documentary on Kaavan.

Even after he’s in Cambodia, Kaavan will require years of physical and even psychological assistance, Bauer said. Pakistan’s high court in May ordered the closure of Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, where Kaavan has lived for much of his life.

Seinfeld’s yellow notes become a book

Forget the high-performance sports cars and classic automobiles in which Jerry Seinfeld ushers his fellow comics on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The most valuable things Seinfeld owns are the thousands of pieces of paper — yellow, scribbled over, sometimes crumpled — that for years he’s been cramming into those brown accordion folders that were once a staple of storage until something better came along called the laptop computer. They contain his jokes. He’s compiled them all in a new book, “Is This Anything?” the title taken from the question every comic asks every other comic when he or she is about to try out new material. Why did he save every joke of his career? Or at least every one that got a laugh? “A lot of people ask me that question and I always say I don’t know why I saved anything else,” he replies with a chuckle. Then he adds more seriously, “This is the most valuable thing I have.”

 

Support: With many small businesses struggling to hold on during the coronavirus pandemic, Issa Rae believes now is the time to support independent stores more than ever. The creator and star of HBO series “Insecure” strongly encourages people to shop locally as part of Small Business Saturday, a couple of days after Thanksgiving. She said the initiative created by American Express, for which she is a paid endorser, can help give an extra boost to small businesses that have gone into survival mode.

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