We met this cute baby elephant while on our day tour of Ayutthaya from Bangkok, Thailand. He was wandering around the entrance to one of the temples, and although he had a trainer with him, he seemed completely calm and happy just walking around by himself and saying hello to those passing by. It always blows our mind how big and beautiful these creatures are! Standing next to this baby elephant, I was only at about eye-level with him! Of course, I’m short, but even Justin wasn’t as tall as this “little guy”!
While in Thailand, we decided to decorate our baby’s room with an elephant theme, and being around this baby elephant made us think of our little man — how he is so small now, and how he already holds such a HUGE part of our hearts!
Back in 2012, we meet a really small baby elephant on a busy street in Phuket. Seeing elephants being made to work makes us sad, but fortunately we have only seen “happy elephants” on our travels so we have managed to avoid a Catherine-meltdown. A huge problem in Thailand is that elephants are used as “beggars”. I struggle with not going over to pet and touch these animals because I love them so much. I know that I would cry if I saw an elephant chained up and looking sad, however even those that don’t necessarily look sad might be forced to work and perform for money! Below is a picture of “Tony” who we met in Phuket during 2012, he was so friendly and cheerful. He kept kissing Justin and putting his trunk around our necks to “hug” us. I wish we could rescue all of the elephants and let them roam freely somewhere far away from people and modern cities. These creature are truly amazing…
Did you know?
Elephants are highly sensitive and caring animals. If a baby elephant complains, the entire family will rumble and go over to touch and caress it. Elephants express grief, compassion, self-awareness, altruism and play.