|All in a days work|
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Getting To Know The Elephants
The attendants are from generations of elephant trainers. The families live with and for the elephants exclusively. Elephants are considered immature until 10 years old and at that point, they begin their official training. When I asked if I could watch the training they suggested I live in the complex for the next 20 years and then I will get my answer. Giggle--perfect answer. Each attendant was thoughtful in showing me their elephant, but I was told that everyone took turns taking on all the duties of elephant management and that it was a real team effort. Fun to learn the history and that trainers from outside of India were originally hired for training the elephants. Need to do a little bit more research. I did notice the very sharp stick they use to direct the elephant by engaging it on the back's of their heads and that some of the chains had large spikes that point inward for further enhanced control. Is this devastating to someone who has witnessed unfriendly approaches--no. The heartache is in their predicament of no "free" time, but there was no heartache this time--only the realization of the human insanity plan and yet another variation.
(short video below--simple, sweet story...)