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Mahout Riding Elephant in Water in Hang Chat, Thailand

This man on a bull Asian elephant is called a mahout. These caretakers often enter their family’s profession as a youngster and are assigned a specific animal for life. The stick he is holding is called an ankuśa. On the end is a sharp metal hook that is used to goad the elephant in the ear or head to correct or change behavior.

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2031 Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Tambon Wiang Tan, Amphoe Hang Chat, Lampang 52190, Thailand

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