Thailand Never Forgets Elephant Day

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

Thailand celebrated National Elephant Day on Tuesday, treating more than 70 of the revered animals to a massive fruit buffet and visitors to a special display of elephant tricks.

The show in Chiang Mai province, a popular northern destination of Thailand, began with a feast in honour of the special guests.

The giant animals took their places at specially crafted elephant tables and helped themselves to piles of sugar cane, banana, watermelon and other elephant delicacies.

The elephants then reciprocated with a special performance for guests, both Thai and foreign.

The show included a tug-of-war competition, basketball and bowling and called for plenty of crowd participation.

Swiss tourist, Guido Keel, was impressed by the displays.

"It's very good. We like it a lot, especially the children. It's a great day, a great event," he said.

And the elephants showed their artistic skills by painting their own portraits.

"I like the painting. It showed that elephant also has an artistic mind. Their paintings are beautiful." Ratchanee KlomKleang a local visitor said.

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