January 25th, 2012
Elephant are recognized as the national animal of Thailand. The elephants are fed with banana trees, sugarcane and fruit during a feeding ceremony on the grounds at the Maesa elephant camp in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. The ceremony is held to mark the country’s ‘Elephant Day’ participated by nearly 100 elephants. In May 1998, the Cabinet approved the designation of March 13 as Thai Elephants Day to raise and sustain public awareness of the importance of elephants. It is not unexpected that most Thai people hold the Elephant in such high esteem and reverence. When one takes a map and looks at the geographic boundaries of present day Thailand, it takes little imagination to realize that the country is shaped like an elephant’s head and trunk. The head rests here in the North, the ears flare back to Esarn in the East and the trunk drapes down to Haad Yai in the deep South. Thailand is to the elephant as the elephant is to Thailand connected to each other traditionally, emotionally, symbolically, regally and Royally. To honor this most gentle, yet powerful, of animals the National Thai Elephant Day is being hosted at the Maesa Elephant Camp. Check out these amazing animals. Enjoy.
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