01 Nov '11, 10am

Thailand flooding strands elephants in Ayutthaya

Thailand flooding strands elephants in Ayutthaya

In this photo taken Monday, Oct 31, 2011, a stranded elephant flips itself while swimming with its mahout in the flood waters as a boat rows past in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. -- PHOTO: AP AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (AP) - A group of elephants is facing a second month cut off by floods in this submerged Thai city, stranded on a small concrete island at an animal shelter just a few metres wide. The group of 17 includes seven pachyderms under 4 years old who were too small to flee when the rest of their nearly 90-strong herd escaped approaching floodwaters that engulfed this historic city north of Bangkok more than a month ago. 'The big elephants are able to wade through the water themselves,' 24-year-old keeper Pat Parinnam told The Associated Press on Monday. 'But the babies are too small for the mothers to lead them out and the water's too high, meaning the babies cou...

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