Day 4 at ENP – 1.15.15 Thursday – How to pick your shovel !!!

Since this has been my third day shoveling elephant poop I thought I’d give a lesson on how to find the ideal shovel.

First of all the shovel should reach no higher than your belly button… Much like miniature golf.  This allows you the proper leverage in hoisting the poop from the ground.

Next your shovel should have a square shape in order to hold the most amount of poop without falling off your shovel.  The sharp corners are also beneficial in breaking apart extra large poop.

You should also make sure that your shovel has a handle.  There are far fewer incidents of your shovel slipping from your hand.

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If you can snag a pair of gloves you are golden as there are times when it us best to chuck the shovel and use your hands.  By the way elephant poop barely has an odor.  It’s something like old cut grass and mulch or peat moss.

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I have become quite possessive over my shovel and have actually tucked it away in the shed so I can use it again.

So there you have it on how to select the ideal shovel.  🙂

Day 3 at ENP – 1.14.15 Wednesday

Shovel elephant poop in the morning.

Next we got in vans (which the driver played country music!  ) to go visit hill tribes to bring packages we put together yesterday. On the ride I found poop in my pocket, elephant poop. Damp elephant poop.  Must have fallen in there during chores.  This Hill Tribe was about 20 minutes from ENP.  We delivered clothes, blankets and toys to the adults and children. Although we are a bit unorganized the gesture is very moving. This Hill Tribe village is one of the providers of the crops (they are farmers) that are delivered to ENP for elephant and human consumption.  Pom mentioned to me that they have made these deliveries to over 100 different Hill Tribes.  This is amazing to me.

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For lunch had delicious rice rolled in banana leaves.  Delicious!! We ate near the Buddhist monk temple.

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When we got back to the park Jodi recruited us to bring treats and toys ( trimmed branches ) to the Bachelor boys, Hope, Tong Suk, and Chang Yim.  This is Tong Suk aka Jungle Boy!

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Tong Suk aka Jungle Boy

After that we went to Steels enclosure to play with her and her mates.  Steel is such a doll… gets a little possessive for our affection but a doll nonetheless.

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Steel

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Steel with red jacket, Gimpy 1 ( Thai Pei, white), Gimpy 2 (Son Luk, brown)

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Steel with red jacket, Gimpy 1 (Thai Pei, white), Gimpy 2 (Son Luk, brown) & Sabine

Drinking a bottled Margarita now which tastes pretty good.  Dinner is on in half an hour and then we go to the conference room land learn about Thai culture.

Day 2 at ENP – 1.13.15 Tuesday

Will have to add photos and notes later.  Checking if I can post

Clean elephant park. Saw Navaan and family. Saw Mae Bua Loi and Mae Bua Kham. They were in blankets because they were shivering; it’s been quite cold in the morning.

Saw Dok Mai and family herd.

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Learned that females produce milk ànd can give birth up to 60 years of age. Wow.

Played with cats after morning chore and had delicious lunch. It is freezing in the morning and night! !! But sunny and warm during the day. Actually quite refreshing. 🙂

This afternoon is elephant bath which I may just observe and photograph today. Snoozed a little in the sun after lunch first though. Get a chill out if the sun and the elephant platform is out in the sun.

Loving everything.

Even the fact that I will be cleaning elephant and cattle poo this afternoon .

She just came up to the platform!

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