• Stacey Myers

    I think that baby elephant wanted to take a bite of your butt! :) Love the pictures!

  • kara_v

    THAT IS MY DREAM! I LOVE ELEPHANTS AND ALL I WANT IN THE WORLD IS TO HUG ONE. YOU LIVED MY DREAM! (emphasis mine. I do, in fact, know how to work the caps lock). :)

  • Valerie

    Is it weird that those pictures made me teary? You look so happy.

  • LuluinLaLa

    I don’t think I ever realized that elephants were so hairy!

  • Ari

    Best. Happiest. Thing.

  • Jeanie

    Oh, I am so jealous!

  • Jennifer Wells

    I was lucky enough to be picked up by a lady elephant when I was there. She just wrapped her trunk around my waist and picked me up like I was a twig. It was a visceral, unbelievable experience that I will never, ever forget as long as I live!

  • Elizabeth Beattie

    This makes me so happy! I love elephants the way you do. Just pure joy that is.

  • Jenna

    Me too. Teary. WTF, Dooce? I blame you.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    He recognized you has one of the herd–your hair looks remarkable similar!! So very cute!

  • Frank Purrkins

    Oh, I’d be happy for both you and the elephant if the guy wasn’t holding that bullhook.

  • Mia

    I think you just lived my dream. I’m sure there would have been lots of squealing involved if I were there (just like there was in my apartment just now).

  • http://www.kimcarter.net kimc

    Sorry to be the joykill, but since you were over there in a humanitarian/activism capacity perhaps you should look into the massive abuses elephants in the tourism industry in Asia have to endure on a daily basis all day. That story about the crying elephant going around the internet at the moment…that will be this elephant in no time. Look into what they do to baby elephants to break them, it’s called elephant crushing, and for good reason. That hook in the handler hands…c’mon. It doesn’t look like you did anything in this scenario to contribute directly to the animal’s abuse ie. elephant rides, but that doesn’t mean we should be cavalier about the lesser and behind the scenes abuses and overlook a baby elephant being forcibly removed from it’s mother, likely having undergone horrific “training”, being physically and psychologically abused with a bullhook, and being paraded around the streets all day to beg for tourist money. I know it’s hard to resist the charms of an elephant, but I implore anyone considering visiting this part of the world to be responsible about the choices you make when engaging in animal tourism, because these creatures have even less choice in the matter than humans in exploitative industries.

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  • dc

    that’s the first thing i noticed. the stick with a pointy, sharp metal thing on the end. i wonder whsat he uses that for? i wonder how he would FEEL if someone bigger and stronger and smarter than him took his stick and hit him in the back of the leg with the pointy end and said, “now you know how the baby elephant feels.”

  • Teal

    Seeing the look of joy on your face in these pictures made my day!

  • Sally

    Just love your pure happiness in these pictures. Keep these close by for the hard days so you can get a bit of that joy back.

  • Zan

    It’s purpose is to inflict pain in the elephant’s ear, mouth, or butt. Whichever sensitive part of the body where the handler can force the elephant to move so that we think its gestures are “cute”.

  • Kelie

    I’m really shocked that you posted a photo of yourself with a baby elephant who was walking down the street with it’s “trainer” who is carrying a bull hook. Which is used to abuse baby elephants. WTF is going on here? I guess humanitarian missions don’t include animal abuse?

  • http://www.rarg.co.nz elly_rarg

    Oh the delight! Love it, hey :)

  • Mel

    Dooce, I love you. I have loved you since I tuned in when Leta was born, I have defended you vehemently against all the lame jealous haters over the years, I have laughed with you & cried with you. But this? This is not cool. That poor elephant has been just as exploited and abused as the girls you were over there to see. Why is he valued any less than those girls? Why does he not deserve the same freedom & respect as human children? Not cool.

  • Jay

    Are you really this clueless? Do you see that bull hook? This post and pictures are disgusting. For someone who is all about “activism” now, you really need to educate yourself on elephant abuse in Asia.

  • evonna

    I am sort shocked too and have mixed feelings. On another hand would you all mind dooce having picture with baby cow licking her face? Are we better here than there. Kudos dooce in a way you raised awareness about baby elephants…

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  • Elaine

    DISGUSTING. I can’t belive you are even posting this, or that you even think it’s right to do so. I honestly thought you were a caring woman. I was obviously wrong.