空中英语教室：201101129 MP3在线课程 THE ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND
Pat started his elephant farm as a rescue program 10 years ago. Kwan, for instance, had been begging for food on the streets of Bangkok. Of the 22 elephant farms in Chiang Mai, this is the only breeding farm. When we visited, six of his 18 females were pregnant.
Pat made a point of telling us that his elephants are not trained and that the babies are not separated from their mothers. In some places training can be brutal, involving separating babies from their mothers, imprisoning them in cages and jabbing them with sharp sticks until their wills are broken.
"We specialize in care and breeding," Pat said proudly. "Our elephants are special." We went to a waterfall where the elephants drank, stole more bananas and played. They squirted each other, swam and ducked under water. One fellow turned like a top, throwing his head back and slapping the water with his trunk.
I thought about my previous visit to Thailand 12 years ago when I had fed one of those begging Bangkok elephants. Who knows! Maybe it was Kwan.