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We spent one day this week at the Elephant Nature Park north of Chiang Mai, an elephant sanctuary which is home to over 30 rescued elephants, mistreated by their previous owners. In a country where many elephants are still used to earn tourist money by offering rides or using them for begging in the streets, the founder of the park, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, offers these previously abused elephants of all ages the chance to enjoy the rest of their lives naturally and without physical stress. It was an amazing experience seeing these giant animals up close, and we spent time feeding them and observing them as they interacted with the other elephants and their mahouts (elephant caretakers) in a natural habitat. One of our favorite parts of the day was when we bathed the elephants in the river – two different times. This was loads of fun for elephants and us visitors alike!