13 Sep '11, 6am
Thai elephant recovering at hospital after wandering into Myanmar and stepping on land mine
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai veterinarians say a 22-year-old elephant was wounded after he wandered into neighbouring Myanmar and stepped on a land mine. Dr Soraida Salwala of the Friends of the Asian Elephant conservation group in northern Thailand says the pachyderm's left foot was severely hurt in Sunday's blast in Myanmar's Kayin state. Dr Salwala said on Tuesday that the elephant, named Pa Hae Po, was taken to the group's hospital in the Thai town of Lampang by truck and is expected to recover. The elephant is the 14th such casualty to be treated at the hospital since it began operating in 1993.