King among kings

by Berckmans Peter August. 23, 2018 344 views

If the lion is the king of the animalkingdom, Than this majestic beast has to be a god. Kings bow in front of it and even the lion is scared to hunt it.

This holiday turned out to be a bit of an elephant special. I met more of them this year, than in my previous vists to this place. The village Ban Ta Klang in Buriram province is about 24 km from where we live, and try to visit it when there. Many elephants there still live together wit their mahout ( handler )next to the house. You don't have to go there for a tourist show, they have one but is very small, there is a study centre, a hospital. The show is just to get some money in, and the price is about a third of the popular big places. If you want you can stay in a homestay and be a volunteer, learn about the elephants, take care of them and many more. You live with the people and work with them.

In Thailand an elephant is very much respected and taken care for. They still work with them to get the wood out the forest where tractors not can come. also they play a big role in ceremonies and when they are old they get released or just pampered. I believe they work until 60y old.

The mahout and the elephant have a relation for a lifetime. Most of the time they grow up together.

Buying bananas for our big friends, they eat a lot

When they look at you, sometimes you can see them thinking.

Waiting to go to a ceremony

My litle girl also likes elephants.

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

incredible photos.. i just kept scrolling up & down, up & down.. beautiful!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

So happy you like them. Means I did my job good

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

The complicity between your daughter and the big creature is amazing. Great pictures Peter

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks, she loves them and I think they feel it

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Bill Baird 1 year, 2 months ago

Great set. Sure a different life.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 2 months ago

Sure is

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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Wonderful set, Peter. I always loved elephants, the greatest thing for me was, when I saw them years ago , free in the Krüger National Park.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

And the african elephant is much bigger than the asian

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

Wonderful series of these magnificent creatures!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

They really are magnificent

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Were you able to ride one???

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

We did,a soft ride

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

I'll bet that was quite an experience, feeling all those muscles & bones moving under you!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

You can not believe how smooth it is the ride. But you can feel the strenght

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

I used to ride them when I was a kid, at the zoo! What was amazing to me was how stiff the hairs on the back of their heads were! You could touch them when you were riding on their backs! They were as stiff as the bristles on a wire brush!

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Shane Coleman 1 year, 2 months ago

Excellent, Peter. What a great experience!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Shane Coleman 1 year, 2 months ago

It is everytime, being around these kings

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 2 months ago

What a great set of photographs. I really like #8 - I can feel the size and strength of this animal through this image. Thanks for posting.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year, 2 months ago

Glad you like them. They are so strong,and still they can be very sensitive.

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Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

Wonderful set of pictures and some great information on these majestic animals .

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Russel,they are great animals

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 2 months ago

Such a nice and lovable set! The information was enlightening and #12 sums it all up! heart
#7 - necessary but heartbreaking - a really good picture!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 2 months ago

I will not tell how they brake a wild elephant. But I think that is almost not done anymore,capturing wild elephants. They have to he chained, else they eat everything

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

OmG, I don't want to imagine ...
Btw, I know people, they eat everything too - I should try to chain them or to cage the food!

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Ken Gordon 1 year, 2 months ago

Hey Peter...Just a Wonderful set of photo's...
Thanx...

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Ken Gordon 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Ken

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 2 months ago

awesome

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 2 months ago

They are

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Andi Saw 1 year, 2 months ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 2 months ago

My pleasure,there is more to come and I think you gonna like it

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