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Thai elephants get potty training

Having taught Thailand's elephants to paint, dance and play musical instruments, their Thai handlers are now toilet-training the beasts.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2005 07:17 PM IST

Having taught Thailand's elephants to paint, dance and play musical instruments, their Thai handlers are now toilet-training the beasts, media reported Wednesday.

Handlers -- known as mahouts -- have installed giant human-style toilets at a camp in the northern city of Chiang Mai to try to rid the tourist attraction of unsightly droppings, according to the Nation newspaper.

Some seven elephants at the privately run camp beside Chiang Mai Zoo are being trained to sit like a human on the giant white toilets, which can be flushed by pulling on a rope with a gentle tug of the trunk, said the daily.

It showed a picture of a five-year-old elephant named Diew testing out one of the oversized concrete toilets, which has been fitted with equally jumbo-sized plumbing.

The elephants were reportedly rescued from the streets of Bangkok where people were using them to collect money from tourists.

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