Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Elephant retirement

One of the coolest things we have done so far in Bangkok was to take a 3 hour trip out to an elephant retirement camp at the River Kwai.  The camp has elephants who have been abused or are sick or are just old and have had really tough lives working as beggar elephants, tourist elephants or performing elephants.  Now, humans are working for them.  Feeding them amazing food (think hand washed veggies and fruits, elephant truffles made of sticky rice, pumpkin, mango, etc and rolled in protein powder), bathing them and just generally loving them in the ends of their lives. Some of the elephants are more than 80 years old, which is amazing to me. We got to feed a small, blind elephant for half the day and she was awesome.  I felt so bad for her because the other elephants often try to run and push her over...and she has no idea they are coming at her.  I loved her.

It was an interesting day because it poured rain for hours on end, creating massive amounts of mud and flooding, but we still enjoyed the day with our ponchos on.  The food was amazing and by the end of the day, the sun was even peaking through.

Thanks to Cameron for your awesome pictures and also to Pam for yours!  I didn't have a camera with me, so I depended on others to capture the awesome day.


Yes, that is Ava on an elephant in the water!

The blind elephant - love her!

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