Thailand lays on jumbo fruit buffet for elephants

Mahouts rest as their elephants enjoy a "buffet" of fruit and vegetables at Mae Sa elephant camp to mark Thailand
Mahouts rest as their elephants enjoy a "buffet" of fruit and vegetables at Mae Sa elephant camp to mark Thailand's National Elephant Day in Chiang Mai province, about 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok, March 13, 2007. About 70 elephants were present a

2007-03-14 - CHIANG MAI, Thailand
More than 70 elephants took part in the festivities, held at the Maesa Elephant Camp sanctuary in Chiang Mai since 1998, when the government declared March 13 National Thai Elephant Day.The elephant is Thailand's national animal and government officials hope events like National Elephant Day will make people revere them as it tries to conserve its elephant population, now around 4,500.

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