While in Chiang Mai, we visited the Mae Ping Elephant Camp. Kieran had been waiting to ride the big beasts ever since we got to Southeast Asia, so he was really excited. He wasn’t disappointed by Mae Ping. The elephants there are trained to have people ride them and do shows. In the shows, they perform tricks, play music, paint pictures, and even dance. Each elephant has a personal trainer called a mahout. The mahout works with the elephant his entire life. If the mahout dies before the elephant, then his son or another relative who has also worked with the elephant might take over for him.
It made sense that when it was time for the Andrus family to ride the elephants, we got to ride a father and a mother who had her baby attached by a rope. You can see everything we did in the comic below. Enjoy!
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