Elephants who thought they were lions rang in Chinese New Year at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.
The park dressed up four of its many pachyderms as Chinese lions for “Mee Pae Yim” and “Lao Nang Fah” new year’s parades.
Director Kampol Tansajja said Nong Nooch invites tourists and Chinese-Thai residents to celebrate Chinese New Year every year at the park just outside Pattaya. The elephants-as-lions procession, complete with drum show, puts a twist on the conventional holiday dance.
He said Nong Nooch overflowed with holiday merrymakers during the Feb. 9-10 celebration.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden elephants are dressed up in Chinese lion gear for a lion dance parade during the Chinese New Year holiday.