So today I got to visit these incredible animals. This was my birthday present from Lucy. I am a massive animal lover and really wanted to visit some elephants in Chiang Mai. We did a bit of research and read up about Elephant Nature Park. We didn’t want to ride them or see them in chains or mistreated. This seemed like the perfect place to go.
There are about 36 elephants in this park. All rescued from a terrible life. Some had life long injuries. Such as broken legs, hips, scars from when they had been carrying people etc… One elephant in particular stood out for me. Her name is Lucky. This elephant is blind. She was a working elephant. Her first trainer slingshot her in one of her eyes for misbehaving. Again she did not do what the trainer wanted and stood up for herself. Which resulted in the trainer getting angry and stabbing her in her second eye.
Lucky was the first elephant I saw today. And she was lovely. Waiting patiently to be fed. You had to touch her trunk first with the fruit, so that she knew where it was.
In the picture above is a family. A mother, baby and two aunts. They were just chilling in the field, eating.
I definitely recommend this park if you wanted to see elephants treated well :)
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From South Wales, UK. Travelling to new and exciting places has become a bit of an addiction. After traveling for a year to Australia in 2011, I think about it every day!
Me and my best friend Lucy saved our asses off again and went to Asia for 3 months in 2013.
So far we have travelled: