There were embarrassed looks all round this morning when zookeepers at Bangkok Zoo discovered that an African Elephant had tunnelled out of the elephant compound, and made good its escape.
The elephant in question, Virgil, had apparently been planning the escape for some months judging by the amount, depth and complexity of the network of tunnels and subterranean caverns that were found deep underneath the compound.
According to first reports, the scale of the digging is so large, that it's estimated that an entire herd of elephants could wander up and down the passages unhindered and without knocking into each other.
Other elephants were interviewed about Virgil's disappearance, including Archie, otherwise known as 'The Mole', and Velinski - also known as 'The Tunnel King' - but neither knew anything, and the search continues.
In other news, gymnasium staff at the Military Training College adjacent to the Bangkok Zoo, this morning discovered an enormous amount of dirt and earth underneath its vaulting equipment.