Elephant no longer a drug addict

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

There are lots of people in Yunnan who are addicted to heroin. Afterall, it was was only a century ago that opium was the main crop grown across the province.

There is at least one official drug rehab clinic for addicts - in Kunming - with smaller treatment centres throughout the province.

But one addict who won't be coming to a treatment programme at a clinic is the elephant Xi Guang - Big Brother.

As this wire story reports:

But now, an elephant has Elephant gives up on heroin and wild life

An elephant that was once addicted to heroin was weaned off the drug, but in the process, he no longer became fit to return to the wild.

The four-year-old bull elephant, which is referred to alternately as "Big Brother" or "Xiguang", had been fed heroin-laced bananas in China.

The animal went through a lengthy rehab course after traders captured him in southwest China in 2005, and used spiked bananas to control him.

"Three years of domestic life and a huge amount of rehabilitation medicine have changed the physical situations, odours and habits of Xiguang," the Courier Mail quoted a Yunnan Wild Life Park manager as saying.

Xiguang will divide his time between two wild life parks in the southwestern province of Yunnan.
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