Elephants react before enjoy a “buffet” of fruit and vegetables during Thailand‘s National Elephant Day in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya. Thais honoured the elephant on Friday with special fruits and Buddhist ceremonies across the country to pay homage to their national animal.
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A man carries a dummy elephant in the downtown streets of Guatemala City
An Indian passerby feeds an elephant, hired out for weddings and parties, on the banks of the river Yamuna in New Delhi on Friday
A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by his mahout, browse through a roadside fruit stall in Colombo. The Sri Lankan elephant is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the population has declined by at least 50 percent over the last three generations, with the species threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.
Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai.
An elephant sprays water on a tourist during the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya province, on Wednesday
A rarely spotted single-tusk elephant, also known as a Ganesh Elephant, eats flowers at the Kaziranga national park in Assam, India.
Indian children play next to an elephant statue at Ambedkar Park, dedicated to dalits or India’s low-castes, which was opened to the public Wednesday, in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India The park was built during the rule of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government and includes statues of elephants, the political symbol of the BSP, as well as statues of dalit leaders. It was opened despite an investigation by the current government into millions it says were misappropriated during the building of the park.
‘Pina-Nessie’ gets to know the other elephants in her enclosure at the Wuppertal zoo in Germany on Monday. According to officials, the female baby was born early on Sunday after a European record gestation period of 674 days
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A decorated elephant is photographed in a street in Amritsar, India, on Monday. India is home to between 50 and 60 per cent of all of Asia’s wild elephants and about 20 per cent of domesticated elephants. According to media reports, there are more than 3,400 domesticated elephants in India at present.
Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust bath by a keeper, at an event to mark World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday. Trust founder Daphne Sheldrick said they are seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants because of poaching across Africa.