Thai elephant steps on land mine in Myanmar

AP News
Posted: Sep 13, 2011 10:15 AM
Thai elephant steps on land mine in Myanmar

Thai veterinarians say a 22-year-old elephant was wounded when he wandered into neighboring Myanmar and stepped on a land mine.

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.

Salwala said Tuesday that the elephant named Pa Hae Po was taken by truck to the group's hospital in the Thai city of Lampang and is expected to recover.

The elephant is the 14th such injury to be treated at the hospital since it began operating in 1993. He joins three other land mine victims that remain hospitalized at the facility.

Rights groups say both the Myanmar army and rebels have laid mines during decades of conflict.