Popular elephant retires

PHNOM PENH. Cambodia's best-known elephant has retired following a campaign to get her medical attention.

PHNOM PENH. Cambodia's best-known elephant has retired following a campaign to get her medical attention.

Sambo, 52, was a familiar sight in Phnom Penh, where she took tourists on rides through the city for 30 years. "The municipality sees that Sambo is now very old and sick. We decided that she should retire," a tourism spokesman told The Cambodia Daily.

Sambo has been the centre of controversy since October when a vet said she was painfully lame.

Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation launched an online petition calling for her retirement and said there was "a strong possibility" she could collapse on the streets. The organisation promised to fund her medical treatment on retirement.

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