A Temple Elephant in Sri Lanka Will be Airlifted Back to Thailand

From an AP story by Krishan Francis headlined “A temple elephant in Sri Lanka will be airlifted back to Thailand after allegations of neglect”:

Veterinarians are preparing to airlift an Asian elephant from Sri Lanka back to its home country of Thailand this weekend after it spent more than two decades at a Buddhist temple where activists alleged it was abused.

The Thai royal family gave the elephant as a gift in 2001 to Sri Lanka’s government, which in turn gifted it to the temple where it was named Muthu Raja and given honored roles in religious processions.