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The love the elephants have for the woman who rescued them is unbelievable. They were all formerly street performers, in the circus, or used for trekking tourists around. Most of the elephants are blind from being stabbed in their eyes when they weren’t behaving correctly. They are the sweetest creatures and I’m so happy that this woman dedicates her life to rescuing them.

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Just little over one month until I’m back at that wonderful place! :)

Elephants 🐘 love reunions. They recognize one another after years and years of separation… and greet each other with wild, boisterous joy. There’s bellowing and trumpeting, ear flapping and rubbing. Trunks entwine. 💗🐘💗
💗➡Photography by Andrey and Lili 🐘
➡🐘 Please note ➡ Not all elephants are treated kindly, you can read more in the form of the Save Elephant Foundation. Founder Lek Chailert and her team at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai offer sanctuary to abused Asian elephants. They heal their wounds, treat the mental scars of domestication and provide a safe environment in which the animals can recover. Rescuing domesticated elephants from within the tourism industry, the foundation is a light in the darkness for Thailand’s gentle giants. If your plans for travel involve elephants, take a moment to research the ethos and ethics of the operators with whom you make your bookings, and spare a thought for those caught up in an industry exploiting the world that you long to explore.
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