Drug-addicted elephant kicks heroin habit.

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  1. mom_in_training

    mom_in_training New Member

    updated 2:34 a.m. PT, Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008

    BEIJING - A once drug-addled elephant fed heroin-laced bananas by illegal traders will return home after emerging clean from a three-year detox program on China's tropical island province of Hainan.

    The four-year-old bull elephant, referred to alternately as "Big Brother" or "Xiguang" in state media reports, was captured in 2005 in southwest China by traders who used spiked bananas to control him.

    After police arrested the traders and freed Xiguang a few months later, the elephant was confirmed to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms and sent to a wild animal protection center in Hainan for rehab, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
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    A year of methadone injections at five times the human dosage had helped wean Xiguang off his addiction.

    Now clean, Xiguang was expected to arrive on Saturday at a wildlife park in Kunming, capital of the elephant's home province of Yunnan on the mainland.

    Xiguang's return would cap a 1,500-km journey home, Xinhua said, and mark another step in the elephant's triumph over addiction.
  2. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I wonder if the elephant remember.

    Boy, this give new meaning to "kicking the habit" - I sure wouldn't want to be around an elephant going through withdrawal.

    What kind of tushywiping JERK gives a poor elephant heroin???? That is just plain WRONG.

    I hope the elephant can have a happy life free of heroin and free of all tushywiping jerks.
  3. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    I can really think of a better place to PUT those bananas......

    HAPPY ELEPHANT DAY - poor baby.....they are such majestic creatures. Finally freedom! GOOD FOR HIM!