Switch to Desktop Site
 
 

In Thailand, elephants raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief

(Read article summary)
Image

Tibor Krausz

(Read caption) Thai elephants seek donations for Haiti earthquake relief.

About these ads

• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.

Like most 7-year-olds, Plai “Peter” Noppakhao loves playing “chase” and squeals with delight at the sight of treats. He’s never heard of Haiti earthquake relief, yet recently Peter spent an afternoon with 24-year-old Plai Kacha and 14-year-old Plai Yodyeam soliciting donations for the Caribbean country’s earthquake victims.

Mingling good-naturedly among delighted camera-toting tourists in Bangkok’s backpacker district, they carried around white baskets painted with red crosses. The threesome raised 700,000 baht (more than US$21,000) for the Thai Red Cross Society’s Haiti Relief Fund, surpassing the Thai government’s donation.

And here’s the thing: Peter and his friends are elephants.

They live with more than 150 other pachyderms on an elephant sanctuary in Ayutthaya, 50 miles north of Bangkok.

Next

Page:   1   |   2

Share