Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gone, but not forgotten

An image you won't see again, Sambo on his daily walk
If you haven't heard, Sambo the elephant, one of Phnom Penh's most popular moving landmarks, has given his last ride to visitors at Wat Phnom. He's been struggling with a leg injury for a while and the walk to and from Wat Phnom, along Sisowath Quay, hasn't helped, even though it made for a good photo opportunity. The elephant's health and welfare is far more important than a photo in a holiday album, so time has been called on the elephant's activities. Retired to his new home in a quieter part of the city, medical care will be given to aid his rehabilitation by the EARS foundation. Sambo, who is as old as I am, had been a fixture at Wat Phnom since 1993. I wish I could retire. PS. Sambo is a lady I've been reliably informed.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Jerry said...

Not at all forgotten. But he's a she. Did a story on her several years ago now: http://www.onasia.com/content/story.aspx?storyID=132&page=3
Good luck on the footie season!

February 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Yes I heard he's a she, but didn't check personally when I met him/her.

February 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful creature, there when I adopted my son. How sweet.

February 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM  

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