Elephants help Nong Nooch celebrate Mother’s Day

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More than 5,000 locals and tourists celebrated Mother’s Day at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, which marked HM the Queen’s birthday with a parade and painting by some clever elephants.

General Manager Pattanant Khantisukhapan opened the Aug. 12 celebrations by offering flowers and incense to an image of Her Majesty in front of Sattahip and Najomtien Sub-district officials.

Junior pachyderms give flowers to their mothers.Junior pachyderms give flowers to their mothers.

Forty elephants marched in the Mother’s Day parade and a Thai classical dance and elephant show followed. Elephant Plaimai laid a flower garland in front of an image of HM the Queen and three other junior pachyderms gave flowers to their mothers. 9-year-old Baituey capped the show by painting the words “Mother Child Love” rimmed by white jasmine flowers.

The painting trick apparently was popular among the elephant herd as another 9-year-old, Yok, performed the same feat two days earlier in a show that launched the tourist attraction’s week of Mother’s Day events that also included elephant dancing, drawing, gymnastics and massage.

Plaimai laid a flower garland in front of an image of HM the Queen.Plaimai laid a flower garland in front of an image of HM the Queen.

Clever 9-year-old Yok paints the words “Mother Child Love” rimmed by white jasmine flowers.Clever 9-year-old Yok paints the words “Mother Child Love” rimmed by white jasmine flowers.

Professional dancers perform Thai classical dance during the celebration.Professional dancers perform Thai classical dance during the celebration.