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Elephants celebrate with fruit feast

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:03

Mar. 13 - Elephants in Thailand enjoy an enormous spread to mark national Elephant Day, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of the pachyderms. Tara Cleary reports.

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It's National Elephant Day in Thailand. And that means a day of feasting for 75 lucky pachyderms. The spread included corn, watermelon, bananas and pineapples. And all that juicy fruit was particularly energizing for one male, inspiring him to get fresh with a female. Elephants have been domesticated in Thailand for centuries and captive animals almost equal those left in the wild. British tourist Matt Ward thinks it's essential for the country to appreciate the gentle giants. SOUNDBITE: Matt Ward, tourist from the U.K., saying (English): "Think it's very important for Thai people and the world even, to remember how important the elephant is to Thailand and how important it is for the elephants to still be here in the future." Thai conservationists would like to see elephants revered every day, not just once a year. And even though these animals are feasting, one can't miss the ever-present sound of chains.

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Elephants celebrate with fruit feast

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:03