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Thailand's military government, eager to share in their glory, has trotted them out for public appearances and interviews.
Since the 'Wild Boars' team were extracted from Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand two months ago, there has been a frenzy of media interest in the feel-good tale that captivated the world for weeks
The teammates and coach were discharged from hospital Wednesday after recuperating for a week from their 18-day ordeal inside Tham Luang cave with no food and only rainwater to drink.
The team had no food at all until they were found deep in the complex, surviving only on water that dripped down the side of the cave.
he "Wild Boars" football team are being discharged a day earlier than announced.
The Twelve boys and their coach had gone into the cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai for a quick excursion after soccer practice when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
Their teammates had not practised together since the group went missing, as the area's residents kept an anxious vigil around the cave's entrance.
The nerve-shredding three-day operation ended yesterday when the final members of the "Wild Boars" were freed from the cave which had held them captive since June 23.
The Thai footballers, aged from 11 to 16, had been stuck deep underground after setting off to explore the cave with their 25-year-old coach after training on June 23.
Looming rain was one of the main enemies of the operation, threatening to flood the cave complex in mountainous northern Thailand.