Chang -Chang -Chang – Chang – Chang ( Chiang Mai Elephant)
The bull (male elephant) with the tusk we call them “Chang Plai” The bull with out tusk, we call “Chang Si-dor” and all the cow(female elephant) we call “Chang Pung” .The cows(female elephant) are also have a tusk, it looks like a fang but it doesn’t grow any longer.
Female elephant can have only 3 or 4 baby in their lifetime because one baby elephant takes 22 months (almost 2 years.) to pragnant. The new born baby’s about 100 kgs. With 70cms to 1m. tall. By nature mummy elephant has to choose her close friend to be “ Mid-wife” to help her during the birth. Just in case mummy elephant gets sick or die. The mid-wife will look after the baby. So their social is also like the human being. The new born has to stay with its mom for 1 or 2 years. During the first day until 5 or 6 month, the baby will drink only milk but after that we can also feed him with the yellow banana or sugar cane because their teeth have already come up. The baby can be trained after 2 years depends on their talented.
The elephants can eat about 10% for their weight about 400 kgs. For food per day for the big one, 250 litres or 60 gallons for water,but they usually sleep about 4 hours around 11pm.-4 am next morning. Elephant are sacred animals for thai people. If you have heard about the royal elephant that we have to offering to the King. There are 7 characteristic basic to tell us that is the royal elephant: white eyes, white skin, white tail, white nail, white palet and white tascle. These depends on the royal elephants spicy that written in the Chot-Cha-Luk book about royal elephant. In this king monarch King Rama 9, he has the royal elephants in his time for 21 together. That is more than the other king in the past. Some of them are in the elephant conservation center by the forestry department and some in the palace in north-east area. Just only one “Phra-Sa-Wate” The bull royal elephant that always stay in “Klai-Kung-Won”place with his majesty the King.
Chiang Mai is one of the place where you could meet elephants and do some activity of the elephants to see their talented because the elephants are very clever the same as human being. We do have the conservative program as well if you prefer to do the activity which get closer and take care the elephants.
We would like to suggest that every elephant camp and elephant places have their own way to look after the elephants. Every elephants have their right to stay healthy in their physically and good mentally. We don’t have to wait until they get sick with the serious problems. That would be too late to help.
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