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Polaroid of the week: Elephant shower in Chiang Mai province, Thailand

Polaroid of the week: Elephant shower in Chiang Mai province, Thailand

Last Updated on February 22, 2021

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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!

A taste of Thailand... Our first impressions - GlobetrotterGirls

Monday 22nd of February 2021

[…] Real elephants, however, are rare. […]

cheryl

Saturday 7th of January 2012

Nice action shot! I love elephants ... such gentle wise souls. <3

jess

Sunday 8th of January 2012

Absolutely, Cheryl - we loved spending time with the elephants - gigantic, gentle creatures!

Ayngelina

Monday 2nd of January 2012

I love the tones in this photo, so warm

jess

Tuesday 3rd of January 2012

Thanks Ayngelina :)

TheWorldOrBust

Friday 30th of December 2011

I wish I could take a shower by blowing my nose all over myself!

jess

Friday 30th of December 2011

That is hilarious - and kind of gross :-) We'll leave that methods to elephants, haha...

Jessie Borman

Friday 30th of December 2011

Great capture of the bathing elephant! But the story is greater. :)

jess

Friday 30th of December 2011

Aww, thanks Jessie - we loved these Elephants, they were just adorable (and huge)!!