In the morning, my family waited for the pickup truck for quite a long time, and the sun was big and it was really hot, so we made two confirmations to the sanctuary. At this point, I thought my trip isn’t going to be good, but gods, I was wrong.
When we arrived, the staff provided us tea and water, and everyone looked hot but happy. The staff (volunteers are from America so they can understand English perfectly) told us all the elephants were rescued from a circus or a riding camp, where they were badly beaten and mistreated. Here, they are properly treated and well-fed. However, the price for elephants goes higher and higher, so it was harder for this sanctuary to rescue the elephants, which is why they need your support.
We (there were like, 20 people) fed the elephants (there were four, three adult females and one baby male, playful but gentle) with buckets of bananas, which they consumed so fast that the camera couldn’t quite catch. Then, we made ourselves some Thai noodle soup, and went to chopped down banana trees and fed the elephants their tree trunk lunch. I could tell that they enjoyed it!
Next, we took the elephants for a walk. On the way, all four elephants kept “sweeping” the grass beside the road, and if they could smile I swear they did. We arrived the muddy river and all started grabbing mud and throwing to the elephants. We went to another river (clean) and all plunged into it, washing away the mud. Hey, it was really fun! (Except that someone got bitten by ants.)
At the end of the day, we helped ourselves with spicy papaya salad, and the little monkey they kept was really hyper, jumping over the tables and knocking things off. So, we ended our day with chopsticks all over the floor (because of the monkey) !
Elephants are expensive to buy and keep, but they really need our help. Visit the Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and help them! (Remember to buy all the photos! The photographer is great)
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