Personally, elephants are one of my favourite animals.
They always have been, but they truly won my heart when they put on an unbelievable show in the Manas National Park in the north-eastern state of Assam of India.
Elephants have always been a part of the lives of Indians going back to the time of mythologies. They have been domesticated, and deployed in battlefields. They have entertained in circuses and fairs, used for joy rides, and served as vehicles for transporting people and goods alike. They roam in the wild, and are employed by temples for ceremonies. They are shot for their ivory tusks, and revered as manifestations of Elephant God Ganesha.
Elephants make for great friends but you need to be wary of their anger and mood swings; but it sure takes a lot to provoke an elephant. They may be big, but are vegetarians and mostly gentle. Except the male tuskers - especially when they are on heat!
Join me on this elephant ride.