Thai Elephants Pose as Pandas

Zoo staff reminds countrymen that elephants, too, need love
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2009 1:29 AM CDT
Staff members at the Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal hang out with three of the five zoo elephants painted to resemble pandas.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A $20 million house for a newborn female panda and family at a Thailand zoo has rankled the staff of Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal, who are sick of the nation's panda obsession, reports the Bangkok Post. Concerned that the panda craze has diverted resources from Thailand’s national symbol, they've painted five elephants to resemble pandas.