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.