Guest Post from India: Close Encounter with Temple Elephant

Kerala IndiaToday’s guest post comes from a brand new 5th grade student who is starting at Innovation Academy in a few weeks. Please welcome Athul! We are so lucky that we will get to hear about his adventures in India in person.

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I travelled to the south part of India in Kerala and stayed in my cousin’s house for a while. It turned out that they lived near a temple. No literally they do! You just have to walk 1 minute to reach there! So the next morning I decided to go there, but it was really worth it because there were elephants coming. Since elephants are considered important and for their safety, they shouldn’t be forced to walk on the roads. So the elephant came on a truck. It really was fun watching it get out of the truck!

That’s when I got to feed it. But the first time I felt skeptical because I had to feed the elephant by sticking its food in its mouth and shockingly, its huge tongue just went for my hand and licked it.Athul Feeding an Elephant

But it was sort of fun. So I did it again and luckily before I was going to put it in its mouth, it just grabbed from me with its trunk and just ate it itself. I’m telling you that you’d really love it.

~Athul, Incoming 5th Grade Student

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28 replies »

  1. Whoa, Athul! What an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing it with us. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

  2. The part of the post describing feeding the elephant reminded me of when
    I fed a goat at the zoo and it licks your hand all over.

    • I can’t wait until I get to meet you Athul. I think It’s cool you got to go to the other side of the world! It must have been amazing feeding an elephant!

  3. Hello Athul,
    It sounds like you are having a fantastic trip. How much fun to get to feed an elephant! I work at the main office at IACS and I look forward to meeting you.

  4. That’s sound really fun that must have been a really fun experience It sounded interesting when you said that your cousins lived next to a temple

  5. You’re so lucky, you got to feed an elephant! What kind of elephant was it? And have you ever been to India before?
    Enjoy your time at IACS next year!

  6. Hello Athul,
    I think your expierience was awesome. Especelly feeding the elephant!
    I can’t wait to meet you.

  7. I have always wanted to go to India. I think it is great that you got to have that experience. This blog made me think of then time I fed an elephant a cucumber at the zoo. I cant wait to meet you!

  8. It is so cool that you went to India.I was just wondering how it felt when the elephant lick you’r hand?

  9. My Aunt loves elephants and has a large collection of fake elephants. What a great experience feeding an elephant, I know she would really enjoy to,do,what,you were able to do.

  10. Wow! I love animals and am thrilled to hear more about your adventures in India. I bet it felt special when the elephant licked your hand, and even more special knowing that it was a castle elephant that licked you! I wonder why the elephant only took the food on the second try, and what it felt like having an elephant’s trunk in your hand.Thanks for sharing!

  11. It must have been really cool to feed an elephant from your hand! I’d love to feed an elephant! I also liked how there was a temple only a minute away from your cousins house. It must have been fun to visit the elephant!

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