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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.
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The elephants are all at different stages of life, and some can only chew/digest specific foods. They are also very picky. For this reason, we must follow a chart to tell us who gets what.
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The elephants line up at the same place each day and are fed the contents of their basket (usually by tourists). I like to sneak away and feed Songkran. She eats very slow and needs to be hand fed, so visitors don’t always have the patience to sit with her.
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When we do food shop in the morning, Aum Pan sits outside the door, pushing her trunk in the open vents. She loves to eat 🙂

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