This morning we went on a Elephant ride. It costs about 20,000GBP to get an Elephant owners licence fom the government and they eat 250kg of food a day (grass, fruit etc)' so definitely not a cheap pet!
I got a lucky snap of some wildlife while our elephant was being saddled up....
Our elephant was about 26 years old and not married! Even though Sri Lankan elephants are smaller than African elephants we still had to go up to the first floor of the house to step into the basket.
At the halfway point, the elephant took us into the water for a quick shower.
This afternoon we went to Minneriya National Park to see elephants, buffalo, crocodiles and lots of birds. We learnt lots of elephant trivia - females have flat backs - only 5% of males have tusks (tuskers) - males ready to mate have a black mark between their eye and ear. One of the trucks got too close to one of the smaller groups and was chased off by an elephant.
This baby is about a week old
and one of several herds in the park - they all take turns to come down to the water in the evening