After the elephant bath and show at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), we visited the hospital and nursery. The mission of TECC is to care for Thai elephants, so elephants needing care are brought here from elephant camps.
This elephant had most of its tail bitten off most by another elephant.
Our favorite stop was the nursery, where an older female is paired with a baby.
The baby is four months old and clearly likes its trainer. (click to enlarge)
Here’s what it looks like when an elephant is reaching out to you. It does look scarey, especially if you’re caught off guard.
We enjoyed getting a close look at the elephants, which wasn’t safe in Africa. These elephants are domesticated but still large and strong. A great way to spend a morning.