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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Swimming Elephant With Handler

Photographer, Cesare Naldi won the National Geographic International Photography contest in December, 2009 for this image of a six ton elephant named Rajan. Taken in the Andaman Islands, a remote archipelago in the bay of Bengal, this 60 year old elephant learned to swim 40 years ago to help work for a logging company. When logging was banned in 2002, Rajan was kept by his sentimental wealthy owner.

Perched between his tusks, his Indian 'mahout" (handler and driver) enjoys a magical interlude.

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