Easy English story
Here's a short, cute story about a playful baby elephant sent to us from Phuket by a Bangkok Post reader.
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Baby Elephant walk
I was having lunch on Bangtao Beach on the west coast of Phuket when I saw a mahout walking there with a baby elephant. The young elephant suddenly ran into the rough sea and played in the waves like a kid.
The mahout wasn’t worried, he obviously knew that the animal loved playing here. So he took some leisure time for a good while until it was time to go, but the young pachyderm was obviously not ready to give up the game.
It took the mahout another 15 minutes to convince the big boy to go home.
One thing I learned that day was to never leave home without your camera; you never know what and when a wonderful moment like this will unfold in Thailand!
coast – an area of land beside the sea ชายฝั่ง
mahout – someone who trains and drives elephants ควาญช้าง, คนเลี้ยงช้าง
rough – (of a body of water) not calm or smooth มีคลื่นมาก
wave – a raised line of water that moves across the surface of the sea, ocean, etc คลื่น
obviously – clearly เห็นได้ชัด, อย่างชัดแจ้ง
leisure – relating to activities that you do to relax or enjoy yourself เกี่ยวกับเวลาว่า
for a good while – for a rather long time
pachyderm – a type of animal with a very thick skin, for example, an elephant สัตว์หนังหนาและมีกีบเท้าเช่น แรด ช้าง
convince – to persuade somebody to do something ชักจูง
unfold – to happen, or to develop ปรากฏออกมา