I think elephants are basically the coolest animals ever. I mean, did you know that they have 100,000 muscles in their trunk alone? That’s freakin’ sweet.
They eat 100 kilos and drink 150 kilos per day. If you’ve never seen an elephant pee, it’s like the Niagra Falls on legs. (Seriously, they don’t even bother to stop walking).
Did you know that elephants gestate for 22 months? I once told a pregnant friend this, and she did not appreciate it. Are you comparing me to an elephant?
Of course, I learned most of these facts when I did a report on elephants in the 5th grade, but they were reiterated to me when we went to the Siam Safari Elephant camp in the Chalong highlands of Phuket.
We went on a little 45 minute elephant trek, to some beautiful viewpoints of the island. It was completey silent and peaceful, and we had developed a bit of a rhythm trekking along on our elephant, when the silence was broken by the shrill voice of Taylor Swift. Where did that come from, you may ask? Why, it was the ringtone of our mahout (elephant trainer). Seriously, I never thought I’d see someone on a cell phone riding an elephant:
Now, I could tell you more about our elephant trek in Thailand, but I’m going to pull the “I’m a bit of an elephant trekking snob card” here and tell you a better story. To be honest, elephant trekking in a bus seat on top of the elephant is just not that exciting to me after the types of experiences I’ve had in India before. So my elephant trekking trump card: