By Naturenomics Team
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 08:50
Beco the Asian elephant celebrated his fifth birthday with a kick around in his enclosure last week and the incredibly cute video is proving to be a hit on YouTube The elephant, who turned five last week, showed off his impressive water polo skills when a bright pink ball was thrown into his enclosure by his keepers at Colombus Zoo in Ohio.
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By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 08/25/2016 - 09:17

Elephant polo is a variant of polo played while riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), andThailand. England and Scotland regularly field teams. Equipment consists of a standard polo ball and six to ten foot cane (similar to bamboo) sticks with a polo mallet head on the end. The pitch is three-quarters of the length of a standard polo pitch, due to the slower speed of the elephants. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by mahouts, while the player tells the mahout which way to go and hits the ball.

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By Naturenomics Team
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:10
Tourists come to Thailand for many reasons: genuine Thai cuisine, which uses authentic ingredients that never make it to U.S. shores; the friendly people (they don't call it the Land of Smiles for nothing); great shopping (custom made suits and dresses in silk and other precious fabrics, made the same day for next to nothing); talcum powder beaches; Thai massages at $8 an hour; and, of course, the elephants.
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By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 10/20/2016 - 04:17
It is billed as Bangkok’s Ascot, an event of pomp and pageantry that attracts leading international polo players to the banks of the Chao Praya river for one of the biggest charitable events in south east Asia. But rather than thoroughbred horses thundering across the pitch, this event is played by competitors riding atop the four-ton might of the Asian elephant in a version of the sport dreamed up by two Britons 1982. Supporter of Thailand’s Elephant Polo King’s Cup insist that welfare of the animals is paramount during the tournament and note that that has raised $1 million (£700,000) for projects to protect Asia’s largest land mammal.
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By Naturenomics Team
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:15
Baby elephants get to grips with a giant Bala Fairtrade ball Orphaned elephant babies at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi are enjoying a game of football with a donated giant Bala Fairtrade ball!
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