Category: Spontaneous Moments
Photo and caption by Josh Middleton
This is a school for one of the most sacred trades in the world. A mahout will train with an elephant for decades. While these animals are quite disciplined, I still got scolded by a mahout for getting too close. But I had to get the sun just right, peaking through the basket atop this amazing creature.
Location: Mahout Training School - Chiang Mai, Thailand
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