Bathing Baby Elephants Make a Splash: Heartwarming Moments at Elephant Retirement Park

In the heart of Thailand’s Elephant Retirement Park in Phuket, a heartwarming scene unfolded as little Fah Sai, an endearing baby elephant, discovered the pure joy of bath time.

Caretakers and visitors were enchanted by his exuberant antics as he frolicked and rolled in the calm waters, creating a delightful spectacle.

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Initially, the bashful elephant named Fah Sai timidly approached the water, but his confidence grew, and so did his excitement.


With playful kicks, he splashed around, savoring every moment of his aquatic adventure. A caregiver added to the fun by sprinkling water on his back from a hose, coaxing him to let loose.

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As Fah Sai’s enthusiasm mounted, he gradually ventured deeper into the water, causing it to cascade over the tub’s sides.

He even surprised onlookers by submerging himself fully, showcasing his newfound love for water. His joyful tumbles in the bathtub brought smiles to everyone’s faces.


Following his spirited play, Fah Sai breathed, draping his trunk over the tub’s edge, his little face radiating contentment.

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His carefree antics were a testament to the loving environment provided by the Elephant Retirement Park in Phuket, which Mr. Adulwit Khamya founded.

The park is a haven for eight elephants of various ages, all of whom receive dedicated care from a passionate team.


Sadly, Thailand’s tourism industry has a darker side, as comedian Joe Keogh’s documentary “An Elephant Never Forgets” has highlighted.

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Approximately 75% of elephants in Thailand endure inhumane living conditions and often suffer cruel treatment when used for transportation or street begging.

In stark contrast, the Elephant Retirement Park is committed to ethical treatment.


Their website proudly declares a strict no-riding, no-chaining, and no-physical-abuse policy, with their sole focus being the well-being of retired elephants.

Visitors and volunteers have the unique opportunity to work alongside local Mahout people, caring for these majestic symbols of strength and serenity.

At the Elephant Retirement Park, it’s all about creating a fulfilling experience while championing the cause of these gentle giants.


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