Children Stepped On By Elephants At Indonesia's Borobudur Temple
25-09-2009 Jakarta Globe, Indonesia
Two children were admitted to hospital in Yogyakarta after they were allegedly stomped on by an elephant at the Borobudur temple on Friday.
Rahma, 11, and her younger sister Ari, 9, were riding an elephant at the Borobudur Temple Amusement Park in Magelang, Central Java, at around 10 a.m. The children were riding one of the five elephants in the park.
A witness said that the incident happened when the elephant keeper gave the animals some water to drink. The elephants were pushing and fighting over the water and Rahma and Ari were thrown off the elephant’s back and were feared to have been stepped by one of the angry elephants.
The children were taken to two different hospitals. Rahma was taken to Muntilan General Hospital and Ari was taken to Panti Rapih Hospital.
Doctor Hawa Mustika from Panti Rapih Hospital told the Jakarta Globe that Ari was in a stable condition.
“We have x-rayed her and we found some blood in her left lung but generally, she’s fine,” Hawa said. The girl will need to stay in hospital for two to three days for observation before she is allowed to go home, he said.
There was no comment from the management of the amusement park about the incident.