Elephant's trunk reconnected


BEIJING - Chinese surgeons spent 17 hours reconnecting an amorous Indian elephant with his trunk after it was severed during an encounter with a female, the Xinhua new agency said yesterday.

Babu, a 14-year-old Indian elephant in Zhengzhou City Zoo became separated from a large portion of his trunk three months ago while "playing with a female companion". After catching his trunk in a 15 ft high iron grating. Babu fell over and his three-tonne frame ripped part of the trunk away from the main section, Xinhua said.