22 04 2010

I woke up early morning to a phone call from my parents.  There has been 4 explosions in Bangkok on Thursday night.  About 6 am Portland time.  The grenades were thrown off  and landed by Silom Sky Train station in financial district of central Bangkok.  BBC Asia reported that 3 people were killed and 70 people injured.  My heart hurts thinking about the people and the chaos in my beloved city.  My thoughts are with everyone in Bangkok.  Trying to recovered from bad news with cuteness from Thailand.  I figured that life is often filled with so much sadness and suffering.   Although it is also filled with joy and happiness.  Thought I share cute photos with you.

The twin were born in early March of this year and only two hours apart in a rural part of Thailand’s Surin province.  The pair, named Thong-Kum and Thong-Tang, are the first known set of male twin elephants in the world, born to 35-year-old mum Phang Thong Khun.  Domestic elephants number about 100,000 in Thailand a century ago, when they were employed in logging and transportation in most parts of the kingdom. Elephants in Thailand are a national symbol but are drastically declining in population.  Their numbers have since fallen to fewer than 4,000 with most working in the tourism industry.

The boys are adorable and healthy!

Our first baby panda girl born in Thailand last May.  She will be soon be turning one.  Lin Ping is very cute!  The name Lin Ping is representative both of the cub’s Chinese heritage (her parents are on loan to the Chiang Mai Zoo from China) and her Thai birthplace. The name, which translates to “forest of ice” in Chinese, honors the cub’s mother, Lin Hui, and calls to mind the name of the Ping, a river in Thailand.  She is even more adorable in person.

These little guys really cheered me up!  Have a wonderful Thursday.

Posted by Modi



2 responses

23 04 2010

Hopefully those adorable elephants will bring much luck and peace to Thailand, I’m sorry there has been so much turmoil. I’m glad your family has stayed safe. xo

23 04 2010

i hope so too, maura. the whole thing has been really horrible and sad. i do hope that little elephants will bring our country some peace. thanks for thinking of us.

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