Dig In! Thai Elephants Indulge In A Scrumptious Buffet


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While Elephants are revered by the local people of Thailand they are also used as beasts of burdens. In the past, it was to help fight battles. Today, these majestic animals are extensively utilized to help carry wood for the logging industry. It is therefore, nice to hear that on National Elephant Day the mighty mammals are treated like the royalty they are, and served with meals fit for a king.

One of the biggest celebrations took place at the Pattaya Resort in Thailand's Chonburi Province. Fifty-two elephants, some donned in saffron attire, arrived bright and early for the big day. Each was first blessed with holy water by a senior mahout or professional elephant rider and then led to the grand feast, which comprised of an unlimited supply of their most favorite treats - bananas, dragon fruits, pineapples, assorted melons, apples and the list goes on and on! The elephants ate till they were satiated before trudging back with their owners, for a good night's rest.

Though called National Elephant Day, the festivities that took place on March 13th this year, stretch out for an entire week. Besides providing a well-deserved treat and break for the hard-working animals, they are also aimed to raise awareness about the mammal's dwindling population. One smart elephant even helped convey the message by painting a dead elephant and the words 'Don't kill me', right beside it.

And dire as it may sound, it has a sad ring of truth to it. That's because since the 1900's the number of elephants in Thailand have gone from over 100,000 to just 3,000- 4,000, thanks to the destruction of their natural habitat and illegal poaching.

Asian Elephants are not the only ones that are in trouble. African elephants are facing the same fate. Hopefully, the public and officials will come together and save this mighty mammal from disappearing completely, from the wild.

Resources: Chinadaily.com, africanpoint.net, dailymail.co.uk

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  • REEEEFriday, April 12, 2019 at 10:36 am
    How can the elephant draw better than me?
    • uzamaki narutoFriday, April 12, 2019 at 9:54 am
      the elephant draws better than me
      • sypheria allenFriday, April 12, 2019 at 9:50 am
        elephants are such beautiful creatures and are probably the smartest animal it's sad that they are disappearing.
        • big chungesThursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:00 am
          i like it when they draw.
          • mnbWednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:08 am
            if only i could be there too
            • smallperson1234
              smallperson1234Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm
              wow that buffet looks delish
              • jackobro
                jackobroWednesday, May 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                loved it
                • smallperson1234
                  smallperson1234Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                  wow thats so cool the elephant can draw better than me
                  • dracarys
                    dracarysMonday, October 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm
                    jeez what how did a elephant learn how to draw?! WHEN?! HOW?! WHY?! i like all of this but HOW did the elephant learn how to draw? !
                    • errrrrTuesday, September 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm