The final day of our Thailand workshop. We began the day again at the mahout school where the elephants with behavioural problems of some form were all lined up. The fellow who is the head of training wanted to this time show me the groundwork skills of the problem elephants. This confirmed all my suspicions about the holes in the groundwork. The elephant were mostly fidgety and unable to stand still. In order to make the elephant stay still many just used ad lib feeding to distract the elephant from moving rather than train him to be remain immobile. We had a good discussion about remedying this and the head trainer was certainly open to the suggestion.
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