Elephants were one of the top things on our list while in Chiang Mai and we figured it would be a great way to celebrate our friend Chris coming to visit! His first full day with us we went out to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Located about 2 hours from the city, it is home to 26 elephants rescued from riding and working. At our camp we were able to interact with six, the youngest being 2 1/2 years old. There were a number of activities that filled our day: Feeding, medicine making, mud spas, and cleaning them in the waterfalls. Because they are rescued they don't receive all the nutrients they would if they could live in the jungle on their own so we helped make their medicine consisting of processed and unprocessed rice, bananas, and turmeric that we fed them. It was comical to watch them all come running to us. Elephants are such gentle giants and so friendly when they know they are not in danger. I was surprised at how smooth their skin is, and the coarse hairs that cover their head and back almost feel like plastic. It was an incredible day and I'm thrilled we were able to spend that much time with such an amazing animal.
And a shout out to my good friend Chris for coming to visit us all the way in Thailand!