An elephant that became addicted to heroin at the hands of illegal traders will return home Saturday after a three-year rehab program, Chinese media said.
Xiguang, a 4-year-old male Asian elephant, became addicted after he was captured by smugglers along the Chinese-Myanmar border in March 2005. The traders fed the elephant bananas laced with heroin as bait and to pacify the creature, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday night.
When Xiguang was found two months later along with six other captured elephants in China's southwest, he was suffering from withdrawal and was sent to a protection center in China's tropical Hainan island.
Xiguang received daily methadone injections in doses five times larger than those given to a human and has now fully recovered, Xinhua said.Link
cant help but picture a skinny elephant lokin for his fix
& if they needed that much methadone, how much heroin was this elephant receiving before the recovered him?