Have you ever encountered anything as perplexing as an elephant in motion? They are gigantic creatures, even compared to other large animals, yet my first thought as I saw an elephant walking up a Phuket, Thailand road was “how graceful.” Me, the hubbs, and our friends were instantly taken aback by the site and wanted to have an experience with elephants before leaving the island. We had heard of taking elephant rides, but while researching, our friend found an opportunity with Elephant Care to go care for the elephants in the rainforest instead.
Okay, so first up was a little education and feeding. We learned about the elephants’ diets and got a better understanding of just how much these huge animals ate. The answer…… a lot! They basically eat all day long. We starting feeding an elephant named Natalia and after she was nice and full (at least for that moment), we gave her a mud bath. Now, this is not the spa experience that you’re probably thinking of. We put our hands in the mud that she was standing (and probably pooping) in and started to rub it on her skin. It cooled her body down right away…and got her to at least think about letting us hang with her for the day.
Elephant Care was amazing and we left feeling like we’d become friends with Natalia (the elephant). I hope that the saying “an elephant never forgets is true” because Natalia made her mark on us. We’ll never forget spending that day with her. Hopefully, she’ll remember us too.