Tourists receive massages from a three tonne elephant
Tourists are flocking to an elephant camp to get a massage with a difference – from a THREE TONNE elephant.
The spa treatment is being offered in Chang Mai, Thailand, where a number of Asian elephants – that can weigh anywhere from 2.25 to 5.5 tonnes – administer the massage using their trunk and feet.
But the unusual massage isn’t for the feint hearted – with one wrong move proving potentially deadly.
Ian Maclean, from Hawaii, USA, captured two foreign tourists – one male and another female – lying on the ground with a towel over their midriff.
The giant Asian elephant is then led up to the tourists by a mahout, before ‘gently’ patting them to replicate the techniques used by masseurs.
Ian said: “During my travels around Asia I have seen many unusual animal massages including one with four Burmese pythons.
“In places like Thailand entrepreneurial safari park owners see it as a way of making some extra money.
“But this elephant one is a little more challenging purely thanks to the animals sheer size and power.
“It looked quite dangerous and I saw many years ago the perils when an elephant stepped on a tourist’s leg. You can imagine what happened and the pain that person was in.
“But if you are brave enough, it is one for the bucket list.”