Lifestyle & Belief

It's National Elephant Day in Thailand!


Thai mahouts pray while sitting on their elephants as part of the elephant banquet to mark "National Elephant Day" in Ayutthaya province on March 13, 2014.



In Thailand, National Elephant Day is a time to show respect for the pachyderms and learn about how elephant conservation is coming along.

Elsewhere, it's time to look at cool elephant pictures and come up with witty captions.


Elephants, they're just like us! They like birthday cake ...

Trompita the elephant at the Aurora zoo in Guatemala city, Feb. 16,2014. (Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)


... and they like to nuzzle ...

Four elephants who had to leave their Emmen Zoo are welcomed by the only remaining male elephant (right) at the children's Zoo Dierenrijk in Nuenen, Jan. 7, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)


They like to nature walk ...

Elephants are pictured crossing the Ewaso Nyiro river in Samburu game reserve on May 8, 2013. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)


... and perform tricks ...

Italian elephant trainer Elvis Errani performs during a rehearsal at the Massy circus. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)


... or rather steal the spotlight.

A member of German 'Caselly' family performs with an elephant during the 10th International Circus Festival in the Capital Circus of Budapest on Jan. 10, 2014. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)


They know how to paint ...

Basildon, England. (Oli Scarf/AFP/Getty Images)


... and do things that resemble a painting.

Elephants are seen at sunset on Oct. 7, 2013 at Amboseli National Park, approximately 220 kms southeast of Nairobi. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)


They really like to bathe ...

An elephant is bathed by his mahout at a public park in Colombo on Feb. 7, 2012. (ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)


... and add diversity to the roads.

A Sri Lankan elephant walks along a street in Colombo on Feb. 16, 2014. (ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)


They like to look stately ...

Elephants are pictured ahead of a religious procession in Colombo on Feb. 14, 2014. (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

... and haul heavy things ...

An elephant pushes a heavy log down a hill using his trunk Jan. 28, 2014 in Maing Hint Sal elephant logging camp, Myanmar. (Ruben Salgado/AFP/Getty Images)

They enjoy chowing down ...

Young elephant Anchali eats part of a Christmas tree at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on Jan. 7, 2014. (STEPHANIE PILICK/AFP/Getty Images)

... and making a big ole mess ...

An elephant named ''Horas'' sprays sand at the zoo in Kiev, on July 14, 2012. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

They like to be little babies ...

Newborn Asian elephant calf Lalana plays at the Safari zoo on Oct. 13, 2013 in Ramat Gan, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/AFP/Getty Images)

... and help people get around ...

Two circus performers ride an elephant past the circus tent of the Olympic Circus, Nov. 1, 2013 in Jamsha, Bangladesh. (Getty Images)

... and sometimes even take one for the team. oof.

African Parks staff tend to a collared elephant, darted at the Zakouma National Park on Feb. 23, 2014 before it will be revived after a collaring operation aimed at preserving elephants in the park.(MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)