Photo and caption by crystal Lapointe
Curious mother and baby Elephant try to take a better look at my camera as they ate their lunch. They then took a liking to my water bottle, which I then removed the lid and gave them a drink through their trunk! These Elephants are some of the few lucky ones who are able to live freely in a forest 5 hours drive out of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Unfortunately it is very expensive for the mahouts to keep their elephants, so more and more are being sent to Elephant camps where tourists pay to ride them and see them do tricks, many of which develop health issues and no longer reproduce.
Location: Rural North West Chaing Mai, Thailand.