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Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
In the northeastern village of Ban Ta Klang in Thailand, Siriporn Sapmak starts her day by doing a livestream of her two elephants on social media to raise money to survive. 
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April 05, 2022 
A mahout with his face covered rides on an elephant while training for tourist shows at Ban Ta Klang... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A mahout with his face covered rides on an elephant while training for tourist shows at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022. Only 400,000 foreign tourists arrived in Thailand last year compared with nearly 40 million in 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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April 08, 2022 
Baby elephant Pangmaemae Plainamo walks with her mother and a mahout at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin,... 
BAN TA KLANG, Thailand 
The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Baby elephant Pangmaemae Plainamo walks with her mother and a mahout at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
Elephant owner Siriporn Sapmak, 23, poses while holding her gear used for social media live-streaming... 
BAN TA KLANG, Thailand 
The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Elephant owner Siriporn Sapmak, 23, poses while holding her gear used for social media live-streaming outside her house, at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 6, 2022. "I take care of two elephants, Prakai Kaew and Bai Fern," Siriporn Sapmak said to her audience on social media. "We live-stream and sell fruit to make money to buy food for our elephants, because we haven't had a job for over three years. Lots of things have changed and we have to survive and find a way to feed our elephants." REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
Elephant owner Pensri Sapmak, 60, sits inside her house as one of her elephants rests in the backyard... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Elephant owner Pensri Sapmak, 60, sits inside her house as one of her elephants rests in the backyard at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 6, 2022. "Without elephants we don't earn any money," Pensri Sapmak said. "We have owned elephants since my parents' time, and we are bound together, like family members. My father captured wild elephants in the jungle. I want to be with them forever." REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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April 08, 2022 
A woman, who is married to a mahout, walks next to elephants while live-streaming on social media at... 
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A woman, who is married to a mahout, walks next to elephants while live-streaming on social media at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Live-streaming is a new - and insecure - source of income for elephant owners, who previously relied on tourism to earn a wage. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
A mahout named Im bathes his 70-year-old male unemployed elephant Kam-Sang at Ban Ta Klang village in... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A mahout named Im bathes his 70-year-old male unemployed elephant Kam-Sang at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 6, 2022. The families in Ban Ta Klang, the epicentre of Thailand's elephant business, have cared for elephants for generations and have a close connection to them. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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April 07, 2022 
Buddhist monks work on an elephant sculpture at a temple in front of the elephant cemetery at Ban Ta... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Buddhist monks work on an elephant sculpture at a temple in front of the elephant cemetery at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 7, 2022. The families in Ban Ta Klang, the epicentre of Thailand's elephant business located in Surin province, have cared for elephants for generations and have a close connection to them. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 08, 2022 
An elephant is chained next to a tree while being tamed at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
An elephant is chained next to a tree while being tamed at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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June 16, 2022 
Tourists feed elephants during a show at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022.... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Tourists feed elephants during a show at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022. Only 400,000 foreign tourists arrived in Thailand last year compared with nearly 40 million in 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 05, 2022 
An elephant is forced to play basketball during a show for local tourists at Ban Ta Klang elephant village... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
An elephant is forced to play basketball during a show for local tourists at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022. Only 400,000 foreign tourists arrived in Thailand last year compared with nearly 40 million in 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
A man, with a baby in a stroller, stands next to an elephant in the yard of a mahout's house at Ban Ta... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A man, with a baby in a stroller, stands next to an elephant in the yard of a mahout's house at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 6, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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June 15, 2022 
A chained elephant stands under the rain at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand June 15, 2022. Thailand... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A chained elephant stands under the rain at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand June 15, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 08, 2022 
Baby elephant Pangmaemae Plainamo takes a bath at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022.... 
BAN TA KLANG, Thailand 
The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Baby elephant Pangmaemae Plainamo takes a bath at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 08, 2022 
Baby elephant Pangmaemae Plainamo, along with her mother and a mahout, are live-streamed on social media... 
BAN TA KLANG, Thailand 
The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Baby elephant Pangmaemae Plainamo, along with her mother and a mahout, are live-streamed on social media at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Live-streaming is a new - and insecure - source of income for elephant owners, who previously relied on tourism to earn a wage. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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June 16, 2022 
Mahouts stand next to 53-year-old male elephant Thong Bai at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Mahouts stand next to 53-year-old male elephant Thong Bai at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022. Thong Bai is a very popular elephant, his owner said, as he has been used as a model to promote local beer brand Chang, which in Thai means elephant. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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June 16, 2022 
Two elephants touch each other after performing in a painting show for local tourists at Ban Ta Klang... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Two elephants touch each other after performing in a painting show for local tourists at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022. Only 400,000 foreign tourists arrived in Thailand last year compared with nearly 40 million in 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 07, 2022 
Kaennapa Suksi prepares her phone to live-stream on social media in the backyard of her house with her... 
BAN TA KLANG, Thailand 
The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Kaennapa Suksi prepares her phone to live-stream on social media in the backyard of her house with her elephants at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 7, 2022. "We worked in Pattaya as an elephant taxi taking tourists around," Kaennapa Suksi said. "The COVID crisis forced us to return home. But we don't have space for elephants, or space to grow food for them. Social media helps us to survive. It helps to connect other people, and for them to experience our real life and obstacles." REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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June 16, 2022 
A local woman sitting in a restaurant wears a ring made from ivory, at Ban Ta Klang elephant village... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A local woman sitting in a restaurant wears a ring made from ivory, at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 07, 2022 
A mahout rides an elephant between the tombs of an elephant cemetery at Ban Ta Klang elephant village... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A mahout rides an elephant between the tombs of an elephant cemetery at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 7, 2022. Each tomb contains the ashes of an elephant that once lived in the village. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
Jiranant Thongchalern, 30, rides a motorbike as she follows her elephant Si-Daw Khamsaen while live-streaming... 
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Jiranant Thongchalern, 30, rides a motorbike as she follows her elephant Si-Daw Khamsaen while live-streaming on social media to solicit donations to feed the elephant, at the village of Ban Ta Klang in Surin, Thailand April 6, 2022. "I sell fruit online from 10am to 10pm," the mahout's wife said. "We spend that income on buying food for elephants, but selling fruit online is not enough to feed them." REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 08, 2022 
An elephant rides in a truck at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Thailand has about... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
An elephant rides in a truck at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 8, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
Chained elephants reach to touch their trunks under a roof at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Chained elephants reach to touch their trunks under a roof at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 7, 2022. The families in Ban Ta Klang, the epicentre of Thailand's elephant business, have cared for elephants for generations and have a close connection to them. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 05, 2022 
Men pile up grass to be fed to elephants attending a tourist show at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Men pile up grass to be fed to elephants attending a tourist show at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022. Only 400,000 foreign tourists arrived in Thailand last year compared with nearly 40 million in 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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June 16, 2022 
A girl runs past an elephant while Pailin Rayayoi, a 35-year-old elephant owner, starts her live-stream... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A girl runs past an elephant while Pailin Rayayoi, a 35-year-old elephant owner, starts her live-stream on social media in the backyard of her house at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022. Live-streaming is a new - and insecure - source of income for elephant owners, who previously relied on tourism to earn a wage. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 05, 2022 
A mahout named Sak, 55, poses with his elephant at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
A mahout named Sak, 55, poses with his elephant at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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June 16, 2022 
Elephant mahout Wit, 26, poses with his bull hook while training an elephant at Ban Ta Klang village... 
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Elephant mahout Wit, 26, poses with his bull hook while training an elephant at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand June 16, 2022. The families in Ban Ta Klang, the epicentre of Thailand's elephant business, have cared for elephants for generations and have a close connection to them. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 05, 2022 
An elephant's shadow is cast on a road at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022.... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
An elephant's shadow is cast on a road at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022. The families in Ban Ta Klang, the epicentre of Thailand's elephant business located in Surin province, have cared for elephants for generations and have a close connection to them. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 06, 2022 
Elephant owner Pailin Rayayoi, 35, sits in front of her unemployed elephant Bai Bau as they live-stream... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
Elephant owner Pailin Rayayoi, 35, sits in front of her unemployed elephant Bai Bau as they live-stream on social media in the backyard of her house at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 6, 2022. "My two elephants used to work in Pattaya and Phuket," Pailin Rayayoi said. "Both of them were 'taxi' elephants for riding. Now we have been unemployed for three years already. That's why we are selling fruit on social media." REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 05, 2022 
An elephant with bones showing through its skin is seen outside a mahout's house at Ban Ta Klang elephant... 
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The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
An elephant with bones showing through its skin is seen outside a mahout's house at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand April 5, 2022. Thailand has about 3,200 to 4,000 captive elephants, according to official agencies, and about 3,500 in the wild. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 07, 2022 
An elephant seat, called a howdah, is seen outside a mahout's house at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin,... 
BAN TA KLANG, Thailand 
The Wider Image: Streaming to survive: Thailand's out-of-work elephants in crisis 
An elephant seat, called a howdah, is seen outside a mahout's house at Ban Ta Klang village in Surin, Thailand April 7, 2022. The families in Ban Ta Klang, the epicentre of Thailand's elephant business, have cared for elephants for generations and have a close connection to them. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "SILVA SURIN ELEPHANTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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