elephant dump

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

Handlers 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.

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12 Responses:

  1. crasch says:

    Brilliant! That's just what I need.

  2. mooflyfoof says:

    that is pure awesomeness.

  3. tfofurn says:

    Alternate captions:

    • Damn! I forgot my Chiang Mai Gazette!
    • Never fails . . . as soon as I sit down, the phone rings!
    • gutbloom says:

      I saw the earlier photo from this set. The elephant was reading the back of a pack of peanuts because that's all he had.

  4. autodidactic says:

    The Tidy Bowl Man would balk.


  5. g_na says:

    Okay, that's better than:

  6. sashamalchik says:

    I can't imagine what an elephant that's asked to flush the toilet after itself can be thinking... :)

  7. edlang says:

    "Bonvoro alsendi la pordiston, lausajne estas muso en mia bideo!"

  8. wfaulk says:

    I question the ergonomic design of said elephantine toilet.

    First off, what's the back for? Okay, maybe there's actually a gravity driven flushing mechanism that accounts for a tank as part of it, but then there's the part that looks like a head rest. Is the elephant supposed to lean back and stretch his arms over his head while yawning or something? If so, is there some sort of prosthesis so he can scratch his groin, too?

    Secondly, why force the poor animal to sit down? Wouldn't it be just as easy to have invented something they could straddle instead of having to push their ass out over a ledge?

    Third, where's the bidet? I mean, there's no obvious way for an elephant to hold toilet paper. Maybe the aforementioned prosthetic hand has a dual purpose.

    • gutbloom says:

      Elephants have a lot of etiquette devoted to that, but, like all customs, the mores are regional. Indian elephants, for example, always wrap their trunk to the right side of their body when they eat because when an Indian elephant reaches back and to the left...

    • gregv says:

      My thinking was along the same lines. I think there's something wrong with us when we see an elephant on a toilet and what pops into our head is "wow, that's a poorly designed toilet for an elephant."