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I visited Pinnawala during a trip to Sri Lanka last year. At this elephant orphanage near Kegalle, there live all kinds of pachyderms:

Shy ones…


Those who jump and skip in the rain…


Black and gold ones.


Itchy-eyed adolescents…


Those whose idol is Ganesha at the end of the festivities


^^ Snorkels


…Salute-rs


Jumbos and mumbos…


Submerged ones.


Lovey-doveys


Gold ones


…and of course there are the mahouts too…


and also bag-o-bones…


and tired-looking mammas…


Scratchy-bums…


Hungry babies…


There’s also this mottled-y crew…


and happy ones…


…with skins larger than they have frames for.


…and that is why, perhaps, they take frequent mud-baths.


There are reds, there are golds… all depends on the spa treatment they choose.


I even found one tired old grandmama…


…and an ancient blind grandpa with bad knees.


And this scenic elephantorama pretty much has them all :)

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