Monday, October 13, 2008

elephant nature park

yesterday we went to the elephant nature park.


on the way to the park, you go to the market so you can get banannas and corn (for the elephants). below, susan and britta and mellissa form part of the line from the market to the bananna-transport truck.
below, tricia takes a break after carbo-loading.


below: an elephant, in the nature park.


while many elephant parks have elephant shows and elephant rides, etc., etc., you (of course) know that the one we chose is the one that rescues abused city elephants and abandoned wild elephants.
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nat, our tour guide, told us everything that there was to know about thailand elephants.

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we learned about how elephants were "broken" (trained), and how most of the elephants in thailand are treated worse than livestock.

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we saw documentaries of the horror experienced by wild elephants who are (still, today) captured by humans and used to help sell products on the noisy, crowded streets of bangkok.


one woman, "lek," established this particular park to help save elephants, and to allow humans to learn more about these incredible creatures.

below, elsa and jason hang out after an elephant bathing experience.
.below, beth snaps a photo of elephants at play in the river.

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words of wisdom from nat:
"if elephant come toward you, get out of way!"
















we fed them, we bathed them and we touched them -- all in a natural habitat.





left: kimberly and suzi make a new friend.


below: lenny, walking an elephant.

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since there is no way to describe this experience, suffice it to say that the outpouring of Love from human being toward another intelligent life-form was an experience that will always be remembered by all of us.

thank you, beth.

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