Elephant Polo Tournament – level 3
Elephants replaced ponies at the charity King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Bangkok, which takes place between 8th and 11th March to raise money for elephant welfare.
This year is the 16th staging of the tournament, which has raised 1.5 million US dollars.
An elephant osteopath said that all of the elephants were street elephants, which meant that they would sometimes be on a short chain behind a person’s house all day. Bringing elephants to the tournament provides them with interaction, or stimulus, which is what the animals need as they are highly intelligent.
There are three elephants per team and two people per elephant – one is the player and one is the handler.
Difficult words: tournament (a series of contests), welfare (well-being, being healthy), osteopath (a doctor who helps by manipulation and massage of the body), interaction (communication with somebody or something), stimulus (something which makes you active).
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