CARAVANS of elephants and mahouts have embarked on a long journey through the hills and forests of northern Thailand.
They have embarked on a journey of uncertainty as unemployment has hit them hard due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with dozens of elephant camps that attracted tourists all-year-round now closed.
They will have to walk for days before reaching their native villages in remote areas along the Thai-Myanmar border inhabited by the Karen – an ethnic group with a centuries-old tradition of keeping and taming elephants, reports Channel News Asia.
"Tourists disappeared when the Covid-19 outbreak started. Everything shut down.
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