Monday, January 7, 2008

Elephant preserve

Dave and I visited an elephant preserve about an hour's drive outside of Chiang Mai. There was an interesting show showcasing some of the advanced elephant training. But, of course, what we really came for was a chance to ride an elephant!

Along the ride you are given the opportunity to buy some food and feed it to the elephants. We bought some bananas and some sugarcane. The elephant eats a whole bundle of bananas in one bite, banana skin and all. The sugar cane is as hard as a wood log and the elephant eats about six at once in one quite loud chomp! I was pretty hungry that morning, and what is not shown here is me sneaking a few of the bananas for myself before feeding them to our trusty elephant.

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