A 36-year-old lonesome elephant that lived a solitary life in Pakistan for past eight years has finally had contact with another of his species, as he settled down in a Cambodian sanctuary after being relocated.

Kaavan the elephant is being rehabilitated at the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary before he will join a herd of 600 fellow pachyderms.

A photograph by a volunteer showed Kaavan touching trunks with another elephant living in the sanctuary.

Kaavan, who arrived at the airport of Cambodia's second-biggest city Siem Reap yesterday, was given a warm welcome on the tarmac by officials and also American singer Cher who had lobbied for his relocation for years.

A spokesman for Cambodia's Environment Ministry, lauded Four Paws and Cher for their efforts to help Kaavan, and said Cambodia would be the ideal home for him.