Monday, October 22, 2007


Originally uploaded by quesadillacraft
before the "big show" at maesa elephant camp, the elephants had to get clean... each elephant has his or her own "mahout" - a trainer who stays with them for life. the two are very bonded, as you can imagine. mom and i wondered what happens if you get assigned a mean elephant, or a mean mahout?
the cleaning involves all the elephants heading down to a nearby river and they sit, lay down, roll over, etc. so that their mahout can clean there every part. they get a good scrubbing. and all that scrubbing makes for a perfect time for making elephant doots. so they sit and get cleaned and poop into the water. ladies, who i hope get paid very well, stand downstream with huge buckets and catch the poop as it floats downstream. i think i'd rather be a mahout.

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