Tuesday 12 December 2017

Elephants soak passers-by ahead of Thai holiday

Elephants blow water over tourists (Sakchai Lalit/AP)
Elephants blow water over tourists (Sakchai Lalit/AP)
An elephant blows water over tourists (Sakchai Lalit/AP)

Elephants gave motorists and passers-by a huge surprise in Thailand when they lined the streets and doused them with gallons of water.

The jumbos from an elephant camp in the old capital Ayutthaya were brought out on Tuesday to welcome the Buddhist New Year, known as Songkran.

The elephants soaked passing traffic and passengers in open vehicles and sprayed anyone foolish or brave enough to venture within range.

The holiday, the longest in the Thai calendar, starts later this week and runs officially for three days.

Cities empty as workers head home to see family and celebrate by cleaning images of the Buddha, washing the hands and feet of elders, and throwing water on each other in what is sometimes called the world's biggest water-fight.

The festival falls at the hottest time of the year, when temperatures often creep above 40C.

AP

Press Association

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