Jumbo's day out

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Elephants eat fruit during a buffet as part of the annual King's Cup elephant polo tournament in the southern Thai resort town of Hua Hin. The King's Cup tournament, which is held to promote elephant conservation, is taking place from September 5 to 11.

Elephants eat fruit during a buffet as part of the annual King's Cup elephant polo tournament in the southern Thai resort town of Hua Hin. The King's Cup tournament, which is held to promote elephant conservation, is taking place from September 5 to 11.

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A storm approaches as people watch elephant polo players practicing after the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin, nearly 160 km south of Bangkok.

A storm approaches as people watch elephant polo players practicing after the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin, nearly 160 km south of Bangkok.

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Players are silhouetted as they choose polo sticks before a practice session after the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

Players are silhouetted as they choose polo sticks before a practice session after the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

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Mahouts ride elephants after the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

Mahouts ride elephants after the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

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Street elephants are offered food during the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

Street elephants are offered food during the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

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Mahouts hold flags during the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

Mahouts hold flags during the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

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Three Khru Ba Yai, or elephant spirit men, attend the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

Three Khru Ba Yai, or elephant spirit men, attend the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

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Elephants are blessed during the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

Elephants are blessed during the opening parade of the 10th annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin.

UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2011 08:43 PM IST
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