The event is commonly observed in various other parts of the country, but due to the pandemic and economic woes, some have scaled down celebrations this year.
At Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in eastern Chonburi province, elephants were treated to two tons of fruits and vegetables laid out on a 26-foot-wide (8-meter) wide table.
Elephants enjoy a “buffet” of fruit and vegetables during Thailand’s National Elephant Day celebration on March 13 2022.
With the absence of foreign tourists for a long time, the buffet and some visitors brought some joy to the heavyweights.
“Of course, they get bored because they get used to being with people. That’s why you see our elephants are very friendly to everyone,” said Kampon Tansacha, president of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.
“People enjoy seeing elephants, give them food, especially bananas that they like and they look all healthy and happy.”
Animal rights groups have long been calling for the elephant camps in Thailand to end animal shows and rides, branding the shows as a form of animal abuse.