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Stressed Out? Time For An Elephant Massage

Life can leave you so stressed out these days. One way to really relax is to go on vacation. Another way is to get  a massage. Why not combine the best of both worlds and take a trip to a beach resort in Phuket, Thailand. There you can relax on beautiful sandy beaches beneath idyllic palm trees. And get a nice, calming massage by -- an elephant? Yep, that's right. You can get a massage from an elephant. Just how relaxing it actually is is something else.

Elephant Massage (You Tube Image)Elephant Massage (You Tube Image)

At Bang Tao Beach, Lucky and Lucy are young elephants trained to pat down patrons with their trunks. They are gentle, but cheeky, and not above trying to get a peek inside swim trunks. The moment also comes during the massage when one large foot is lifted and the client get the butt massage of a lifetime and fellow travelers get the laugh of a lifetime.

Cheeky Elephant Tries to Peek (You Tube Image)Cheeky Elephant Tries to Peek (You Tube Image)

Elephant massages are also given at Phuket's Island Park as a part of the elephant shows. The elephants there also perform many other tricks -- such as searching a man's shorts for bananas, but that's a story for another time and possibly a different website.

Elephant Butt Massage (You Tube Image)Elephant Butt Massage (You Tube Image)

The massages aren't really therapeutic in the muscular sense, but since laughter is the best medicine, an elephant massage apparently does a body good -- even if you are just the one on the other side of the camera.

Sources: Stuff.com.nz, Lost at EMindr

EDITORS NOTE:  The writer was not thinking of all of the issues involved with elephants giving humans massages and was just focused on the unusual nature of the story. We have received requests to remove this post. If we  delete this post,  we would lose all of the comments provided by our readers. We think the comments from readers are incredibly helpful and useful, so we are leaving this article up to give those of us who were not aware of the some of the issues involved here an opportunity to learn from this post.

Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger
PetsLady.com

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Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Please don't write anymore

Please don't write anymore articles promoting using elephants. They are already tortured, beaten, starved, murdered, terrorized and humiliated throughout the world. We must learn to respect these magnificent, sensitive and loving beings and stop using them because we can. The life of a captive elephant is rarely anything but misery. Babies are often taken away from their mothers. Please educate yourself about this topic and don't encourage the work of elephants for human pleasure. Here is one article about captive elephants: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/07/captive-elephants/. Thank you.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Please educate yourself

Please educate yourself about elephants in Phuket. This article does not to help the situation for the elephant. It just creates more ignorant tourists. This is just one story. http://www.thephuketnews.com/seven-illegal-elephants-seized-in-phuket-41...
There are many more. You have an opportunity here Pets Lady.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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I find this article

I find this article insulting, insulting to both a sentient animal and humans with compassion. I'll add that the asinine commentary/reporting leaves a terrible impression about Thailand and encourages the growing sense that the country has no sense of its natural heritage and the complex lives of elephants.. .

Perhaps consider using elephants as street beggars, and educate tourists - in "more" natural settings about the deep and rich culture of elephants.

Shame.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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How sad is this? It is just

How sad is this? It is just an other way to use toe begging elephants in Thailand. These tWo are barely older as 3-5 years, and I don't want to hear about how they have been teached to do what they have to do. This won't improve the situation of elephants in thailand and also over the world to show such pictures, and one again prove that the first ms. Minister, who promised a lot after the last cites in march this year effectively done nothing, even if I understand she has currently other urgent matters to run.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Elephants weren't put on

Elephants weren't put on this planet to massage people's asses. Really? And, just when I thought the situation for elephants couldn't get any worse, I come across this article. You're promoting the enslavement of elephants. Not only are elephants treated horrifically day in and day out, they are trained to massage people? Seriously? Absolutely disgusting.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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This is just disgusting.

This is just disgusting. This is not okay at all. Those are wild animals and they're training them to massage tourist ? Just pathetic.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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OMG, humans are the most

OMG, humans are the most selfish, hedonistic animals on this earth! Do you THINK elephants are on this earth to give you pleasure? If you believe that this behavior is INNATE to an Elephants behavior you are WRONG. To perform these 'acts' they have been stolen from their families as babies and subjected to cruel punishment and torture. Just to give YOU a moment's thrill. STOP the exploitation of elephants. Educate yourselves and stop being ignorant inhumane dolts.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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What are you people

What are you people thinking??? Leave the poor elephants be..
Please don't USE them for entertainment or in any way other shape or form..
these animals have the right to be treated right and fair.. Not for some 'DUMBO'S' giggle on the beach!!! Use your brain people!!!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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I agree with the sentiment

I agree with the sentiment of previous commenters. if you research how elephants in Thailand are treated/abused, the notion of photo ops, rides, etc won't appear so romantic anymore. There is a huge problem of capture of baby elephants in the wild and smuggling to Thailand for the tourists. Often these elephants end up walking for miles begging from tourists and don't get much food or water. It's our duty to spread awareness so this tourist trade dries up.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Elephants are not massage

Elephants are not massage tools - this is cruel!!!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Animals are not for our

Animals are not for our entertainment. Stop promoting elephant abuse in Thailand.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Please care and protect our

Please care and protect our wildlife and elephants. They are live creatures and deserve to be treated in a humane fashion. thank you.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Previous commenters have

Previous commenters have said it all. This is shocking! These poor animals are forced to live a totally unnatural life to provide 'fun' for tourists!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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What on earth is this

What on earth is this ridiculous service. Cant you find another way to make money for yourself other than to abuse wild animals. These animals are NOT massage tools. Take care of them, don't pimp them out for your wallet. Sickening sight. Also to the tourist, please DONT feed the demand and patron this abusive service. Would you like to be massaged by children? I doubt it, so please don't pay to have wild animals "massage" you.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Yeah, life leaves us

Yeah, life leaves us stressed out! Especially when we see elephants being used for entertainment just so you can put money in your pocket. This is absolutely disgusting. Educate yourselves on elephants -- find your heart -- let these animals live the way they were intended to live -- which has NOTHING to do with humans and their need to make money on absolutely everything! I'm stressed, all right -- and I'm crying -- and I HATE what you are doing to these majestic animals. How do you live with yourselves?

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Elephants should not be

Elephants should not be exploited for profits. This is a sick thing you are doing to them, making them massage people. Its unnatural and sick!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Leave the elephants alone!!

Leave the elephants alone!! They are not tools or slaves to be used. They are individuals like you and me and want to be free. Stop abusing wild animals!!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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These elephants are taken

These elephants are taken away from their mothers and herds at young ages, kept in inadequate facilities, and forced to perform in an unnatural manner for the enjoyment of humans. Yet another exploitation of a majestic being that is being poached to death and may no longer exist in the wild by the year 2025.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Please do not promote the

Please do not promote the expoiltation of wild animals for human profit & greed. MANY people worldwide FIGHT for these animals to be FREE! Did you know that in order for them to "perform" these stupid human tricks they have been intimidated, physically beaten, starved or otherwise manipulated...? How awful! All I feel is immense sadness for these animals b/c they are far too intelligent to be forced in to this life of servitude to people who do not even meet thier most basic needs: social interaction, natural browsing on vegetation, LOTS of room to roam and time to just "be" an elephant.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Wish the Elephants would

Wish the Elephants would CRUSH the Handler and the lazy ass on the beach chair!! I'm sooooo sure the Elephants are enjoying being your servant! NOT!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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These beautiful elephants

These beautiful elephants deserve our respect not to be enslaved for idiotic uses or anything.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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How can you promote this

How can you promote this kind of slavery and humilation to elephants, Pets Lady? Please educate yourself before making the same mistake of promotong elephant slavery, torture, abuse and humiliation again. I don't know any truly educated animal welfare advocates who would recommend something so terrible. These elephants are forced to do this.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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This is so friggin' stupid,

This is so friggin' stupid, why would we treat our animals this way? They are not our toys!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Try doing the work yourself

Try doing the work yourself instead of using these poor elephants as slaves. It's about time humans started treating animals equal to that of human beings. This is disgusting!!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Anonymous, thank for you for

Anonymous, thank for you for so intelligently responding to this. On top of this, elephants are being poached at horrific rates, and will be extinct in 10 short years if we don't stop it.

Elephants have complex, deep social structures that are disrupted traumatically when humans use them for their own pleasure. These two elephants are clearly still very young and I am sure that they were torn away from their mothers. This is no life for elephants. We must do what we can to save them from the stupidity of the human race.

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Ignorant tourists. And the

Ignorant tourists. And the people promoting it and encouraging it are even worse. Use your brains people!! Educate yourself if you dont know any better!!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Elephants for too many years

Elephants for too many years have been exploited. From being poached to forced to perform in the circus, to being forced to give rides to kids at fairs. They are chained and rock back and forth because they are BORED and need to be returned to the natural environment they were meant to be in. They are tortured from birth with bullhooks to "serve" humans. Please speak out to put an end to their suffering. Did you know that elephants normally walk 40 miles a day? When confined for the circus, they are chained all of their lives, and only let loose to "entertain" at the circus. That is unacceptable!!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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I agree. This is not

I agree. This is not amusing, it is abusing!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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I know what you mean, but

I know what you mean, but then they would deem the elephant aggressive and get rid of him, for the blame would be on the animals and not the people and handlers. Shame on them!

Dec 18, 2013
by Anonymous
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Does that tourist know the

Does that tourist know the pain and suffering these elephants endure daily? Do they know how lonely they are without their families and that they bleed and cry just like we do when they hurt? Do they know these elephants are beaten, starved, tortuted, chained etc etc etc evety day of their lives for human entertainment? My wish is that these elephants would realize their strenght and hudrt their 'owners' before they destroy them.

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