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Elephant Santas deliver Christmas presents at Thai school

By Jiraporn Kuhakan

 

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An elephant dressed in a Santa Claus costume distributes a doll to students during Christmas celebrations at Jirasart school in Ayutthaya, Thailand, December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (Reuters) - Elephants dressed as Santa Claus gave out presents and candy to students in Thailand in an annual Christmas tradition in the mostly Buddhist country.

 

The Christmas celebration at the Jirasartwitthaya school in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, has run for 15 years.

 

This year four elephants and their mahouts, also wearing Santa hats, visited the school and gave away presents to the students, said Lardthongtare Meepan, owner of the Ayuttahaya Elephant Palace, an elephant camp.

 

"The highlight is not only handing out presents, but also students and elephants are forming a Christmas tree together," he said.

 

The elephants danced and showed off tricks to students.

 

"I'm very happy to see them and they are very cute. I love elephants because it dances very cute," says Patcharamon Sukpiromsunti, a primary school student.

 

The elephant is Thailand's national animal and appears throughout history and literature.

 

"It makes me feel like I have a lot of friends. The elephants handing out candies, toys, dolls and so many other things," student Pasitha Sithapak said.

Thailand is 98% Buddhist, but celebrates Christmas as part of the year-end holiday season.

 

(Reporting by Artorn Pookasook and Jiraporn Kuhakan, Writing by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Michael Perry)

 

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And this is why they expect a present at Christmas for the rest of their lives.

Luckily, my Mrs' birthday was on 20th Dec, so I can say I combine birthday & Christmas & New Year pressy.

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On 12/23/2019 at 2:35 PM, webfact said:

The elephants danced and showed off tricks to students.

Nest year  theyll be shown the barbaric  treatment of  how to "break an elephant in" so they can have some Christmas  cheer....elephants for entertainment....yeah great!

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Shame on Thai education to use Elephants for their personal EGO !!!!
Elephants shall roam free in the forest and not be slaved for human personal USE !!!

Impeach the Thai Minister of Education and Fire the School Executives to allow it !

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