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.