Lin Wang the elephant

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Lin Wang the elephant

Post by Peter H » 22 Jul 2006 12:26

http://www.taiwan.com.au/Envtra/Taipei/ ... 60401.html
When Lin Wang was 26, he was captured in Burma by Japanese forces that were fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia during the Second World War. The elephant was conscripted into service as a pack animal, lugging ammunition and supplies across rivers and over mountains. Eventually, Lin Wang and 12 other elephants were captured from the Japanese by a Chinese Nationalist expeditionary force under the command of General Sun Li-jen. The elephants continued soldiering under their new commanders.

After the Second World War, the elephants marched with Sun's forces on an 18-month-long journey from Burma through the Chinese cities of Kunming and Nanjing before eventually stopping at Guangzhou. When Sun was dispatched to Taiwan in 1947, he set sail with 3 of his elephant soldiers - two females and one male (which was Lin Wang). After 48 hours at sea, the landed in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung harbor. The elephants were transported to the Fengshan military camp by railway. One female elephant died shortly after, but the other two elephants continued to perform public service by lugging supplies for railway construction. In 1951, the second female elephant fell sick and died. Lin Wang was left all by himself.

Lin Wang was transferred to the Taipei Yuanshan Zoo on October 30, 1954. The date later became the elephant's official birth date. It was at the Taipei Yuanshan Zoo where Lin Wang came together with the four year-old Ma Lan, a female elephant imported from Japan. It was also here that the elephant had enjoyed his retired life.....

....She died in 2002 at the age of 54, leaving Lin Wang all alone again. The lonely elephant eventually died in mid-February in 2003, at the age of 86.

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Post by spiro » 22 Jul 2006 22:29

Thanks for sharing.
That story reminds me of a young male bear that helped soldiers of the Red army carrying ammo and stuf.

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Post by Windward » 23 Jul 2006 04:05

spiro wrote:Thanks for sharing.
That story reminds me of a young male bear that helped soldiers of the Red army carrying ammo and stuf.
Red army? Are you sure? IIRC it's Wojtek, a Syrian bear. He carried ammo for Polish army in Monte Casino.

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Post by spiro » 23 Jul 2006 23:06

Windward wrote: Red army? Are you sure? IIRC it's Wojtek, a Syrian bear. He carried ammo for Polish army in Monte Casino.
Yes you're right it was Wojtek-my apologies.

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