You thought YOUR job was bad! Employee must get 50 pounds of manure from the back of the hidden elephant
- Boon Peng, the elephant, had a stomachache and had trouble walking
- The 60-year-old jump had eaten fresh grass that was not part of his diet
- His keeper, Kiettisak Kaweakn, wore gloves to scoop out the large pieces of stool
An elephant keeper faced the unpleasant task of extracting 50 pounds of manure from the soil of the hidden jumbo in Thailand.
The 60-year-old elephant, Boon Peng, had a stomach ache and struggled to walk during his stay in Chiang Mai.
Veterinarians arrived and discovered that Boon Peng was hidden, partly because he had eaten fresh grass that was not part of his diet.
The animal’s keeper, Kiettisak Kaweakn, put on a pair of full-length plastic gloves to reach into the elephant’s rectum and scoop out the huge pieces of droppings.
Elephant holder Kiettisak Kawekan reaches out to get huge pieces of manure from the bottom of the 60-year-old jumbo Boon Peng after the animal was hidden in his enclosure
Goalkeeper Kiettisak Kawekan demonstrates the extent of the problem – he shows the manure that was larger than his own head
The keeper, also known as a mahout, even demonstrated the extent of the problem by posing next to the clog that was larger than his own head.
Anchalee Kalamaphichit, manager of the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, said the animal had eaten on fresh grass from a nearby field instead of specially ground dried grass.
Veterinarians said that the slow metabolism and slow bowel movements of Boon Peng had also contributed to his discomfort on Tuesday evening.
Kalamaphichit said, “We usually feed the elephants with ground grass because it is better for their digestion, but the old stubborn jumbo sneaks up the grass on the field.”
The keepers of the elephants perform the unpleasant task in the Mae Sa elephant camp in Thailand on Tuesday evening
Veterinarians arrived and discovered that Boon Peng was hidden, partly because he had eaten fresh grass that was not part of his diet
Elephant keepers pose with the animal in the Thai fence where vets said that Boon Peng was clogged after eating the wrong kind of grass
The camp manager added: “A younger elephant might be okay, even if it is not ideal for them. But an older elephant with a slower metabolism and difficulty in fully digesting him. “
The elephant was lucky that he had his mahout available, because removing the elephant manure from the rectum is not a simple process, she explained.
She said, “I think the mahout is the only person who would trust the elephant enough to make this possible.”
The veterinarian said the old jumbo could have gotten sick if the lump of manure that blocked his rear passage had not been removed.