When we visited the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage I had mixed feelings. We watched the elephants take a bath (I think it's from 11:00 - 13:00). You can take a picture with them for a tip (we didn't do it because elephants are forced into position). When you sit and watch the elephants bathe it is a really nice experience. However it is made for tourists and people really want to sell you different things (statues, pictures, bananas). We just sat in the back and enjoyed the view!
We walked back to the orphanages and saw the old elephant that stepped on a landmine. He can barely walk and doesn't look happy. I think they should end his misery and not let him live to enjoy the tourists.
Some of the elephants are free to walk within their space and some are chained, not very tight and they can walk a couple of meters. The watchers are taking good care for the elephants!
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