Asia, Travel

Elephant Nature Park – Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Elephant Nature Farm

Elephant Nature Farm


Sometime, words just aren’t enough to describe the beautiful wild nature of our world.  I captured these videos at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  The first few clips demonstrate a typical elephant family.  Blood or not, elephants form bonds as tight as families in the human world, and, just like in the natural world, they fiercely defend and protect their babies.  This particular family was not permitted to socialize with Elephant Nature Park visitors since they had several babies to protect.  Listen as they ward off threats to their clan.

The second portion of the video clips displays the same elephant family bathing.  Watch as they throw mud on themselves immediately after leaving the river.  To our logical human minds, this sounds counter-intuitive.  Why would we dirty ourselves right after a bath?  But to elephants, this is their way of keeping themselves cool.  Lastly, I captured two elephants scratching themselves.  Elephants have very sensitive skin, and, when it has an itch, look out!

For more info on the Elephant Nature Park and their mission to rescue and rehabilitate abused elephants, visit http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/.