My intention was to begin this third and final day with further consolidation of mobility control, but by the time I reached the young elephants and mahouts they were already retrieving things. Ok so we go with the flow, no problem. In the first few repetitions however, Monish had forgotten his bag throwing skills that he learned yesterday afternoon. Once he had touched the bag though, it all came rushing back. Now he was not only throwing the bag on to his back with more accuracy, he began to fetch the bag on command and then throw it on his back. All the mahouts in the camp came to watch his hilarious stunts as he perfected his hurling skills. At one point the bag landed on my head. Next the mahouts got even more keen to try a large branch. This needed to be refined very fast because Monish was hurling the branch left right and centre.
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