11 ele­phants saved from mud hole

New Straits Times - - World -

PHNOM PENH: Eleven en­dan­gered wild ele­phants were res­cued in Cam­bo­dia, four days after get­ting stuck in a 3m-deep mud hole, of­fi­cials said.

The chief of Mon­dulkiri’s en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment, Keo Sopheak, who headed the res­cue team, said the ele­phants ap­par­ently got stuck in the mud when they went to drink wa­ter at the deep hole that was left over from the United States bomb­ing dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

He said if lo­cal vil­lagers had not re­ported the in­ci­dent, the ele­phants would have died from thirst and star­va­tion. AP

AFP PIC

Wild ele­phants were res­cued from a mud-filled bomb crater in eastern Cam­bo­dia’s Mon­dulkiri prov­ince on Satur­day after lan­guish­ing in the swampy wa­ters for four days.

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