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It was really hot today so instead of the elephants’ usual bath in the barn we decided to give them their wash down under the waterfall in the lower paddock. This was the first time we’ve been swimming with Luk Chai and he had a ball ducking under the water and dog paddling alongside Tang Mo and Thong Dee in the moat.

Just like the adults, one of the keepers gave Luk Chai his first scrub at bath time. In the barn he’s never still enough for us to give him a scrub. He’s constantly on the move and just when you think he’s about to settle down for a brush he darts off to the next adventure. But today he was so taken with bopping about in the water that we managed to give him a gentle scrub on his back.

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