I rode to Elephant Nature Park, 1.5h north of Chiang Mai.
@codewiz An elephant as a pet would be quite costly in Japan. 🤭 Better you don't take one of them with you to your apartment in Tokyo. 🤣
@metnix Who would say that? They're smart, playful and sometimes highly dangerous... there's no chance to get bored! 😄
@metnix Ohhhh... unless you're rising *skinny* elephants and your Linux system suddenly locks up! 😂
@codewiz whaat! I've never heard that they have to be skinny?! Apparently, they should both work (although, it never worked on my lenovo laptop).
...But that could be because they hid the sysreq key under a layer of modifiers...
@hamjb Her. She's a lady!
Actually, the mahout said she's a princess because she eats her cake in a specific order of preference, avoiding fruits with imperfections 😂
@thecultleader666 One of the free roaming dogs growled at another one for getting too close to... me!
The guide explained that they used to follow groups of tourists, but now there are too few and they fight for staying with them!
@codewiz That may be true about wild dogs, and maybe even elephants, but you can't just seperate any wild animal from its native habitat and expect it to play nice with you when you bring it back home
poor little guys.
most likely got injured by humans, i guess.
I'm impressed how good the animals are treated in the shelter although food and money supply surely is scarce due to the pandemic.
@TFG Yes, they're asking for international donations to keep the elephant shelter afloat, and they also adopted 20-25 new elephants from tourist attractions that couldn't afford to feed them any more 😢
20-25 elephants... that means a lot of food to provide.
I've always criticized abusing animals for human entertainment. But it's good the elephants were sent to the shelter instead of keeping them starving.
@TFG They also explained that reintroducing them to the jungle is difficult for two reasons:
First, there are few areas that are completely undeveloped and far from farms and roads.
Second, elephants learn how to live from their family members, but if their entire experience is that humans bring food, they will try to find humans to beg them for food.
@codewiz I see you in your apartment in Tokyo with an elephant, a goat and three happy dogs. You'll never walk alone. 😆
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