Once a drug-addicted elephant, fed heroin-laced bananas by illegal traders, will return home after emerging clean from a 3 year rehabilitation program on China’s tropical island province of Hainan.

Traders who used spiked bananas to control him captured the 4 year old bull elephant in 2005 in southwest China.

After police arrested the traders & freed the elephant a few months later, he was confirmed to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms & was sent to a wild animal protection center in Hainan for rehab.

A year of methadone injections at 5 times the human dosage had helped wean the elephant off his addiction.

Now clean, the elephant was expected to arrive on Saturday at a wildlife park in Kunming. His return would cap a 1500km journey home & mark another step in the elephant’s triumph over addiction.


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