Elephants in Thailand

Life of a domestic elephant in Thailand: School begins at age three. The elephant is introduced to two boys who will learn with it. The boys are called mahouts. For the next six years they learn all about working with each other to get wood out of the jungle. For the next fifty years, the elephant and the mahouts are employed by the timber industry. The reason there are two men for one elephant, is that should something happen to one of the men, the other will be able to continue working with the elephant. Then, at age 59, the elephant is retired, and gets to graze freely in the forest for the next forty years or so. The mahouts, if still alive, continue to visit the elephant in the forest every few days.

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