A sick Thai elephant is preparing for the arduous flight to leave Sri Lanka for its home country, following a diplomatic row between the two countries over allegations of mistreatment.
Thai authorities had gifted the 29-year-old Muthu Raja -- also known back in its birthplace as Sak Surin -- to Sri Lanka in 2001. But they demanded it back last year after allegations it was tortured and neglected while housed at a Buddhist temple in the island nation's south. AFP

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