We were lucky enough to arrive here when the elephants were down having a bath in the local river. There are about 90 elephants in the orphanage from babies upwards. Down at the river we had morning tea as we watched these incredible animals playing in the water (just like human children), and just standing around gossiping (just like human adults). Time's up, and they all very obediently filed up through the market place (most of the windows had temporary metal shutters up while the elephants went past), and back to the orphanage to be fed. We were able (for a small fee) to feed them and be photographed with them. These are elephants that have been found abandoned or orphaned as babies in the wild. They are not returned to the wild but are cared for, fed and trained by the wild life authorities.
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