Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus was released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated overnight for injuries suffered when his mule kicked him on a hunting trip near Lowman.

Andrus, 60, said he expected to return to work in a few days, but he won't be pretty. He suffered a deep laceration, possible broken nose and two black eyes when his mule, Ruthie, kicked him as the governor was loading a butchered elk on the animal."I may not be very pretty, but I'm durable," the governor said in a telephone interview from his home.

Andrus' longtime hunting companion, Dr. Richard Meiers, a member of the state Fish and Game Commission, also was kicked in the head by the mule Tuesday. He was listed in fair condition at St. Alphonsus Hospital Wednesday with head and scalp injuries.