In photos: Elephant polo in Thailand sees heavyweights take to field
The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand's wild and domesticated elephant population. (Photos: AP)
The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand's wild and domesticated elephant population. (Photos: AP)
Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they vie for the ball during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament.
Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they vie for the ball during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament.
Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they play during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Bangkok
Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they play during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Bangkok
Elephant polo originated in Meghauli, Nepal. Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships.
Elephant polo originated in Meghauli, Nepal. Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships.
Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they vie for the ball during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.
Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they vie for the ball during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.
Elephant Polo in Nepal and Thailand is played under the auspices of the World Elephant Polo Association. WEPA enforces strict rules regarding elephant welfare and game play.
Elephant Polo in Nepal and Thailand is played under the auspices of the World Elephant Polo Association. WEPA enforces strict rules regarding elephant welfare and game play.
Elephants are fed with fruits before an elephant polo match.
Elephants are fed with fruits before an elephant polo match.
An elephant is fed by children before an elephant polo match.
An elephant is fed by children before an elephant polo match.
A mahout sprays water to an elephant after an elephant polo match in Bangkok.
A mahout sprays water to an elephant after an elephant polo match in Bangkok.