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Elephant beats heroin addiction (I'm not kidding)

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An Asian elephant that became addicted to heroin after being fed bananas spiked with the drug is to return home after undergoing a detox programme.

The four-year-old animal, called Xiguang, received methadone injections for a year at five times the human dosage, state media said.

It was illegally captured by traders in 2005 in south-west China.

When police arrested the traders and freed the elephant, it was found to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

The elephant's eyes kept streaming and he made continuous trumpeting noises, the Beijing News newspaper's website reported.

It is thought that the traders fed the elephant bananas laced with heroin to capture and control it.

Xiguang was sent to a wild animal protection centre on Hainan island in south-west China for rehab, the official Xinhua new agency said.

He is expected to arrive at a wildlife park in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, on Saturday.

The Asian elephant is an endangered species, with only 25,600-32,750 left in the wild, according to the WWF conservation group.
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Poor thing. I'm glad it's cured now
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Poor thing. I'm glad it's cured now
that's so cruel...

nice to hear it's okay now though

the traders deserve to be shot

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Poor elephant. I agree with Vadin, those traders should be shot.

But glad to see the elephant has kicked the addiction and is healthy again.

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Wow, how awful. I'm glad he's in safe hands now .
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When I read the title I expected it to be about Gary Busey.

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When I read the title I expected it to be about Gary Busey.
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That's so awful. It's practically torture!

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Glad he got that monkey off his back.
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That's so awful. It's practically torture!
It is torture. The poor elephant. Glad it's ok now.

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Glad he got that monkey off his back.
...I read about this in the New York Times and the Arizona Republic, both. I wonder: How much Heroin would it take to 'fix' an elephant?

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