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Mine Blasts Injure Two Elephants in Burma


Two young Thai elephants have been wounded in a landmine blast in Burma.

Animal hospital officials in Thailand said the two animals were hauling felled trees in Burma's Karen state last week-October 5 when mine blasts wounded them and their mahout-keeper.

Border areas of Karen are heavily mined because of a long-running local insurgency against the central government.

The two females, Motoo and Moja, have arrived at a special elephant hospital in Thailand where doctors say their legs will need surgery but probably not amputation.

The elephant hospital-Friends of the Asian Elephant gained worldwide recognition in 1999 when another elephant-Motola was maimed by a land mine and successfully fitted with a prosthetic leg.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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