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Domesticated elephants had been used to lug timber in Thailand until the country banned logging. Now a philanthropist has created a new home for the pachyderms that
Domesticated elephants had been used to lug timber in Thailand until the country banned logging. Now a philanthropist has created a new home for the pachyderms that's also a tourist destination. Jocelyn Ford reports.


2008-02-28 - Ayutthaya, Thailand , Jocelyn Ford

Tomorrow's going to be a big day in Thailand. Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is expected to return to Bangkok from exile. He was ousted in a coup two years ago, amid accusations of corruption. Out in the Thai jungles, a business tycoon is trying to bring back domesticated elephants. For generations they were used to haul timber, but they were left essentially unemployed when Thailand banned logging twenty years ago. Jocelyn Ford reports on how to make elephants relevant in a modern-day...



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