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8 Things I Never Thought About the Elephants

Updated on September 25, 2016
The kind nature or " the soul"  behind.
The kind nature or " the soul" behind.

Being the national animal of Thailand, elephants play an important role in their history, culture and livelihood.

As a kid, I'm very fond of reading fables and when my parents took us in the zoo for family bonding one day, I was not able to hide my excitement. That was the first time I have seen live animals that I can only visualize thru books. I can't forget how big the elephants are but I didn't pay so much attention with their other qualities. Until one day, I saw them performed on a show in Chiang Mai, Thailand; things turned out differently after that. I found more wonderful things about them that eventually changed the way I perceived them. I was fascinated in the few hours of being with these "gentle giants".

They are really awesome creatures in the planet!

1. They can act.

Meet the "Star of the Show" (although she was a bit camera shy ;-))   Lots of people around esp. the kids were so excited to meet and touch her.  I can remember the same reaction I had when I was a kid.
Meet the "Star of the Show" (although she was a bit camera shy ;-)) Lots of people around esp. the kids were so excited to meet and touch her. I can remember the same reaction I had when I was a kid.

2. They can paint using their trunk.

They can paint on canvass and they are amazing painters. Unfortunately, I was not able to take shots of their paintings because of the big crowd blocking the view.
They can paint on canvass and they are amazing painters. Unfortunately, I was not able to take shots of their paintings because of the big crowd blocking the view.

3. They can play musical instrument.

They can be great musician in the future, who knows? Given the proper training and guidance, :-).
They can be great musician in the future, who knows? Given the proper training and guidance, :-).

4. They're cool and fun to be with (they are even ready to pose for pictures).

They can  smartly take out your hat and put it back easily. They know lots of  fun tricks so watch out!
They can smartly take out your hat and put it back easily. They know lots of fun tricks so watch out!

5. They can follow directions and can give you a great ride.

They can cross the river gracefully.  They can take you to the mountain without losing their balance on the cliffs. They can follow directions.
They can cross the river gracefully. They can take you to the mountain without losing their balance on the cliffs. They can follow directions.

6. They are strong but gentle giants.

Aside from carrying logs and helping Thai people in some of their jobs,  they can also give you to a ride in their trunk.
Aside from carrying logs and helping Thai people in some of their jobs, they can also give you to a ride in their trunk.

7. They drink lots of water and they are vegetarian.

They can consume several gallons of water a day based from the tour guide. I'm not sure with the exact amount but it is more than 30 gallons depending upon their size. Wow! You need a great supply of water if you want to keep an elephant. :-)
They can consume several gallons of water a day based from the tour guide. I'm not sure with the exact amount but it is more than 30 gallons depending upon their size. Wow! You need a great supply of water if you want to keep an elephant. :-)
They love to eat but are strictly vegetarian.People can give them banana, sugarcane, grasses, etc.
They love to eat but are strictly vegetarian.People can give them banana, sugarcane, grasses, etc.

8. They are sweet and loving creatures.

With this shot, I can feel their big heart hidden in their big size. They are so gentle and loving.
With this shot, I can feel their big heart hidden in their big size. They are so gentle and loving.
They care for their young. When something bad happens to their young (like being killed) , a mother elephant can even grieve for days.
They care for their young. When something bad happens to their young (like being killed) , a mother elephant can even grieve for days.

These giants have been a part of the Thai's life since the old age. They are symbol of "power, peace and many other things." Good characters are naturally within them so they are well-loved. If they will be given the right training, who knows how far they can go?

No wonder they were chosen as the national animal of Thailand. I'm just hoping elephants are cared and treated properly behind those shows.

Killing them for meat and ivory should be stopped!

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      tiffanyrose2015 

      3 years ago

      I love elephants, I always thought they seemed like such gentle giants. Thanks for sharing the article with us. :-)

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      pinkhawk 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      @Dubuquedogtrainer- thank you very much for your interest! They are really fascinating creatures.

      @Kris Heeter- I agree, they can mingle with people easily because of their kind and gentle nature. Thank you very much for dropping by.

      @thecrazzykylex- you have a good point...hmmm...I think God really created them in a clever way..isn't it? Thank you very much for appreaciating this! ^_^ Enjoy your hubpages adventure!

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 

      6 years ago from Incredible India!

      What I found the most amazing fact is despite surviving on only grasses, how they grow up so strong, that about 5-10 lion(ess) are required to defeat him down. That's probably a great reason to stay vegetarian.

      Loved your hub! Voted up and appreciated!

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      I love elephants - I had a chance to see some in the wild when visiting my brother in Africa a few years ago. I could spend hours just watching them. They are very social creatures.

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 

      6 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Nice hub! I am fascinat4ed by elephants and would like to get to know them better.

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