Dumbo the Elephant ~ Thailand

A shot of an elephant holding its mothers tail during a show in Mae Tang north of Thailand near Chiang Mai.

This was a shot I took a few months ago when I visited for free the Mae Tang Elephant Park near Chiang Mai, North of Thailand.
It was part of an elephant show for tourists. Each mahout and his elephant were introduced to the public (they all have specific names) and then proceed in entertaining the public with football matches, painting or dancing.

I had mixed feelings about the way elephants were treated. It was purely a touristy place with shows, rides, ox carts and bamboo rafting.
It should be known that 95% of elephants in Thailand are used for entertainment purpose, sometimes in shady conditions.

Anyway, this shot reminded me of Dumbo following his mom. It was cute and sad at the same time.

  • Lindsay

    This photo is so sweet and adorable! I love it!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks sweetie!

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  • Cristine Tabing

    This one’s cute but kind of sad..:(

    Went Elephant Riding when I first came to Chiang Mai. My elephant was being followed everywhere by her baby elephant. It was an ‘Awwwww’ moment. Felt sad the entire ride, though.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Cristine!
      Yes it did look kind of sad. It’s fun to try it but then there’s this wrong feeling at the same time.

  • http://www.orlandovacation.com/ Liezel

    What a lovely moment captured beautifully! Nice shot!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you very much!

  • http://thecitruslens.com greg urbano

    i love this shot, it has so much personality!

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  • http://www.khonkaen.ws Khon Kaen

    I don’t know which is worse – the touristy shows with the elephants, or the mahouts that walk them around the bar areas of Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket. Supposedly illegal but I still see it – even in Khon Kaen.