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Elephants saved lives when the Tsunami hit

February 9th, 2005, 05:26 PM
Surprised this wasn't picked up already...

Reuters news agency says eight elephants used for tourist rides at the Khao Lak beach resort became agitated last Sunday, more than an hour before the tsunami came ashore.

The beasts began crying, or "trumpeting," and finally broke free of their chains, heading for a nearby hill. Their trainers followed.

As the elephants fled, they lifted tourists onto their backs with their trunks, taking them to safety.