In a crowded tourist park south of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north, a baby elephant wanders around desolately surrounded by gawking crowds.It’s the dry season and, in the unshaded and arid arena, temperatures have soared to well over 35C.Deafening music is blasting out of speakers as one adult elephant is forced to play the harmonica. Another, bound by heavy chains, uses its trunk to throw darts at balloons.Scroll down for video At a crowded tourist park south of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north, a baby elephant seeks comfort from its mother after a long day of being ridden by tourists in an unshaded and arid arena where temperatures soared to well over 35C Elephant minders known as ‘mahouts’ are always by their side, threatening them with bull hooks if they dare to put a foot wrong The mahouts’ bullhooks are long, sharp instruments which are used to stab the animals behind their ears – where any wounds will be well hidden from the paying public Elephants are forced to sit and spin hula hoops in front of tourists, the ropes around their necks visible In northern Thailand elephants were once used to haul teak for the prosperous logging industry, but now are… Read full this story
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