This morning I was asked to go with several mahouts to a nearby trekking camp in order to look at a new elephant that might be donated to ElephantsWorld.
Look mom!! I’m doing my own laundry 🙂
In the river.. which means that everything will be dirty when I get home, so I’ll be coming over soon.
KamKaew is the second youngest elephant (10 years old) and she’s one of my favorites at the sanctuary.
One if her legs is shorter than the others, and it’s the cutest thing ever to watch her wobble around the camp.
On Wednesday, 2 of the volunteers and I were given a day off (after many hours of begging), so we decided to check out the famous Erawan Falls. Only 2 hours away by bus.
Erawan is a national park with its main attraction being a 7 tiered waterfall that hundreds of tourists flock to see every day.
Elephants lose and regrow their teeth six times throughout their life. At around 65 years old their last set falls out, in turn, causing them to lose ability to chew hard food. In the wild, the natural way for many elephants to die is through starvation.
Johnny is the youngest elephant at Elephants World (6 years old) and he is crazy. The only person who can get near Johnny is his mahout, Pizza.
Johnny is not an aggressive elephant but he is extremely playful.
During the full moon of the 12th month on the Thai lunar calendar, Thailand celebrates Loi Krathong. The local people make boats and send them down the river releasing any negativity and making a wish for the new year.
Aum Pan is 77 years old but has had a much easier life than the other elephants at Elephants World. Compared to Songkran, who is similar in age, Aum Pan looks 10 years younger.
Elephants eat 10% of their body weight each day, which means they spend most of their time eating. Twice a day, we weigh out fruits and vegetables and divide them among 10 baskets, one for each elephant. We usually aim for 16-18 kilos (35-40pounds) per basket.