It's sad... but it is what it is. And it's weird because these begging elephants aren't for the benefit of tourists... it's just a thing that happens here. I still don't totally understand if it's people who are using the elephants to beg, or if it's some attempt at helping formerly working elephants survive in a new urban environment. So I'm not sure if by buying the sugar cane to feed it I'd be helping or hurting the situation. Thus far I've avoided participating.
My elephant related vocabulary is improving though. I point out any elephants I see on the road to my driver - flipping through my phrase book for appropriate adjectives.
I can now say:
Chang yai - Elephant big
Chang lek - Elephant small
Chang song tooah - Elephant, two animals
Chang mee quam sow, chang yak bai bah. - Elephant sad, elephant want to go forest.
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