Photo Friday: An Unusual Bond

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elephant

 

I was lucky enough to get this shot while we were out walking the grounds at Elephant Nature Park. The family group was enjoying a nice afternoon swim in the river, and we were able to sit and observe them at play. This lovely lady promptly rolled around in the dirt after exiting the water to give herself a nice coat of sunscreen.

The gentleman in the picture is her mahout who has dedicated his life to this beautiful girl. Some mahouts even give up their chance at marriage and family life to be with their elephants. They want to be able to give all of themselves to their pachyderms and feel like marriage and children will take away from them being able to care for there four legged friends. That’s how dedicated these men are.

 

I wonder what he was saying to her.

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