The Chitwan Elephants

Chitwan National Park is a national park in Nepal and is famous for it’s elephant safaris. [20 photos total]

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A mahout is silhouetted while riding his elephant at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. The elephants and the mahout from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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A mahout unloads grass for feeding elephants at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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An elephant is silhouetted while it feeds at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts ride an elephant as they return after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts on an elephant cross Rapti River after returning from collecting food at Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts ride on elephants as they cross Rapti River after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts ride an elephant as they return after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in an Elephant Race, which begins today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Trunks of elephants are seen as they line up before participating in an Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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An elephant scratches its eye while lining up before participating in an Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 26, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts ride an elephant as they return after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 27, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts ride an elephant as they return after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 27, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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A 16-day-old baby elephant basks in the sun at the elephant breeding centre in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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An elephant's trunk touches a visitor's hand in search of food at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 28, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday and ends today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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A mahout paints his elephant's nails to prepare for a beauty contest during the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 28, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday and ends today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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An elephant is reflected in the water as it drinks from the Rapti River at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 28, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday and ends today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. Picture rotated 180 degrees. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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The hand of a mahout is seen as he prepares his elephant for a beauty contest during the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 28, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday and ends today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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A mahout cleans his elephant on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 28, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday and ends today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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An elephant is seen through smoke from a nearby fire as it eats at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 28, 2011. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan will participate in the Elephant Race, which begins on Monday and ends today, where elephants will play in an exhibition soccer match and various other sports and activities. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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Mahouts ride on elephants as they return after collecting food from Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
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A 16-day-old baby elephant basks in the sun at the elephant breeding centre in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, December 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #

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