Anyways, enough ranting over these are some photos from the amazing day we had here :)
We started the day with meeting and feeding these lovely animals. As well as meeting the Mahout who looks after the elephant, and literally spends all day with these elephants roaming the park. They are there to make sure that some elephant families stay away from the other families that they don't get on with, feed, and generally look after their well-being. A huge dedication from the Mahouts' and a sign of how much they love these animals. Most parks stops the fighting my chaining the elephants up.
You can see in the above photo that the elephant (Medo) is injured. This was originally caused from logging, where she broke one of the ankles, making her useless to the logging company. After failing to sell her to elephant camps, she was put into forced breeding. They chained her up, and she was forced to mate with a strong bull elephant. This was so bad she dislocated her back, and spent the rest of her days before Lek found her carrying small logs up the mountain. Such a heart breaking story when you meet these elephants, and see how much they love each other, and feel everything.
After the meet and greet it was bath time. This was the best part of the day, and i'm sure the elephants enjoyed it too!
We ended the day with a video about how the elephants are treated in Thailand, and the amazing work of Lek (the founder of the park). She really is an inspiring woman who has dedicated so much of her life to helping save these beautiful animals. To read more about elephant nature park and the work of Lek visit this website