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.

The Asian elephants administer the massage using their trunk and feet

The Asian elephants 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.

One wrong move from the two tonne elephant could prove potentially deadly

One wrong move from the two tonne elephant could prove potentially deadly

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.”