Shock News: Wildlife walks through an Asian market and emerges alive and unscathed.
Above Photo: Pissed-Off Pachyderm in Nong Khai Market.
As we trudged around Nong Khai market in Northern Thailand, I thought my wife said to me, “Its fun in the market.”
“Whatever floats your boat,” I replied, “But I’ve had more fun at a funeral.”
She then pointed something out to me and repeated, “No. There’s an ELEPHANT in the market!”
And then I saw it, one of my pet hates in Asia, a baby elephant being led around the market by two handlers, trying to sell food to passers by in order to feed the elephant, but of course making money on each sale.
It really pisses me off to see this form of animal cruelty, dragging an unhappy baby elephant around all day on the pavements and roads, for the purposes of begging. The unhappy, strangulated gargling sounds, which passed for baby elephant trumpeting, attested to this creature’s unhappiness this morning.
The only upside to this creature’s woes was that it wasn’t going to be slaughtered and sold for food in the market, which is a big bonus for any wildlife in many parts of Asia. Had the elephant been in a market in Laos, just across the Mekong River, I wouldn’t have fancied its chances of emerging alive or unscathed.
Elephants belong in the jungle, but unfortunately this is Asia, and people who could actually do something about it don’t really care.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
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