So what did Candi the elephant do?
Candi the elephant is still a baby and lives with her handler down the road from the Phuket resort entrance. Twice a day she and her handler walk up to the resort to entertain the guests.
We see her most mornings on her stage as we return from the lovely buffet breakfast. She puts on quite the show.
Standing on her hind legs.
Doing a handstand.
She then expects a little reward for her efforts – banana and/or money.
She is very polite and bows to say thank you, before heading back home for a well deserved rest.
Mid afternoon she returns and makes her way towards the pool.
She stops to give anyone a kiss who’ll let her. I have to say it is the weirdest sensation, a bit wet and slobbery as she wraps her strong trunk around my neck – it gives me goose bumps.
Then proceeds to give the kids a shower, who shout in delight and beg for more.
Afterwards the kids hop out the pool and shake hands to say thank you and give her a little reward.
Whilst we all so enjoy our daily interactions with Candi the elephant, I am also torn with the fact she is kept in captivity and utilised in this way to make money for handler.
But it is a different way of life in Thailand from Australia. So I just accept and enjoy the experience.
Would you or your kids enjoy meeting Candi the Phuket elephant?
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