Bo Chang and his mother
Two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to be "elephant owners for the day" at Patara Elephant Farm, an organization devoted to the care, conservation, and breeding of elephants, in Chiang Mai. To do this amazing day justice, today's post is a pictoral view of these gorgeous animals and, in my next post, I will tell you all about our experiences bathing, feeding, riding, and swimming with our elephants.
Bo Chang, a 7-year old male
"If anyone wants to know what elephants are like, they are like people, only more so."
Peter Corneille, in Theatreprint
Elephant gathering grass at Patara Elephant Farm
Sai Thong, a female adult
"Writing a book is like washing an elephant: there is no good place to begin or end and it's hard to keep track of what you have already covered."
"Let a person walk alone with few wishes, comitting no wrong, like an elephant in the forest."
Elephant tail, ear
The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?
Elephants at Patara Elephant Farm
Coming up next time: Patrick jumps on to an elephant's neck; Akila swims on an elephant's back; and we do a lot of elephant riding, feeding, and bathing.