Friday Lens Affair #91

A baby elephant in the Elephant Nature Park

This week I’m featuring an amazingly cute picture of a baby elephant! This photography have been taken by Lindsey Hodder during her visit in the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Don’t you just want to hug and smile at this cutie!?

You all know how much I love those lovely animals! I love elephants like crazy and never say no to hosting photographies of them in my series!

Lindsey is a Girl behind Chasing the Wild Blog, always on the hunt of beauty though travel. You can follow her on Instagram. And as it happens, by the total coincidence, today is the day Lindsey hands in her master’s thesis! You go Girl!

Picture Story: The Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

A couple of years ago, when my partner and I were in Thailand, we took the night train up to Chiang Mai on a whirlwind visit for the purpose of visiting the Elephant Nature Park.

We spent the same amount of time on the train as we did in the city, but once we arrived in the park it was all worth it.

We were lucky enough to visit the park only a few months after the birth of their most recent baby elephant, Navaan. He and his mum were being kept in a separate enclosure away from the other elephants.

Whilst everyone else on the tour was freaking out over feeding their first elephant, I was freaking out over taking photos of the baby. He was so curious and coming over to play. Even tried to snatch my camera at one point. Naughty Boy!

Elephants are incredibly smart creatures and Navaan was no different. He knew all the attention was on him. Losing interest in the happenings of the fence, his mum was getting all the bananas – not fair!, he meandered over to an old tyre in the enclosure and began to play. Squealing with delight, especially in response to the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the fence line.

This photo was taken just before we moved on, and it’s one of my favourites. Though he did plenty of silly stuff with the tyre, this photograph shows him just chilling out, satisfied from the attentions of the crowd.

I love that the photo shows him content to play with his tyre, and at ease enough to relax in the face of the crowd. The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, whilst obviously a human-run park, puts its elephants first. In my opinion! You can see the bars at the top and bottom of the photo that keep tourists AWAY from the baby elephant.

That Navaan felt relaxed in the presence of all the people doting on him from a distance, speaks volumes for the great care given to elephants by people from the park.

 

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23 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #91

  1. What a cute little fella!!!! I wish I could cuddle it!

  2. Ron

    What a cute little fella! I’m glad you visited an elephant preserve while you were in Chiang Mai to help preserve the importance of these animals in that environment. P.S. – It would make a great photo essay of him playing around! ;-) lol

  3. I went to a similar place in Thailand as well. The elephants are adorable <3
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    • That is a great news, I’m really glad to see more and more of those places, hopefully everywhere they treat them so well as in Elephant Nature Park!
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  4. What a lovely pic. Absolutely adorable. I thought you can’t get anything better than elephants… you can though, baby elephants!
    Margherita recently posted…Visit Cremona, city of musicMy Profile

    • Ha ha ha ha, I followed the same logic. I think they are beautiful animals and than you see the baby elephant and whole of you, mind, face and soul smile! Not sure you have seen this video of baby elephant being saved and transported in the plane! Totally awesome!
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  5. Meg

    Absolutely amazing shot. Seriously great photo!! I want to go to the zoo now!! Looks like it would have been an incredible experience – thanks for sharing!
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    • Yes, I think it is a great place to visit and the experience must be great! It is almost like seeing them in their natural habitat!
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  6. I was fortunate enough to work on a charitable project that benefited the Elephant Nature Park last year, and it introduced me to the wonderful work they do to protect and rehabilitate the elephants of Thailand. Lovely image, it touches my heart!
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    • Yes, Charli, I think we did great with all the ‘Travel Blogging Calendar – Travel Bloggers Helping Abused Asian Elephants in Thailand’ campaign! :)
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  7. Gorgeous photo, such a cute elephant. I love elephants, too! I think it would be awesome to feed and help to bathe them!
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  8. He is SO CUTE. Oh my goodness. I would be spending all of my time with him, too!
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  9. Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)

    What an adorable picture. I’ve heard of this park in Thailand. Thailand is on my bucket list. I hope to make there one day.
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    • The thing is that I would love to visit this park as well! I have been in Thailand twice but many many years ago and I had no idea about this park!
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  10. Aww I love elephants. This one is adorable!
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  11. I love elephants, and I’m in love with that shot!
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    • I love elephants too, that is why I think that work of this kind of foundations, organizations and most importantly people devoting their time and energy to helping them should be always much appreciated and underlined!
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  12. I also got to see Navaan when we were at Elephant Nature Park. The whole day was such an incredible experience and truly a highlight from my many years of traveling. Our guide told us that Navaan and his mum were “behind bars” because some of the other elephants were Mean Girls and were bullying them.
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    • Oh I’m sure that can happen in any group of animals, the most important is they are save and in nice conditions! I think I really should visit this place myself next time when in Thailand!
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