National Geographic : 1967 Jul
Trudging a river road, an elephant tows a bam boo raft; teak logs too heavy to float ride lashed beneath the rig. The ele phant periodically probes the bottom with its trunk to sound the depth ahead. Bound for a sawmill up stream, the party plies the "River Kwai"-the Mae Klong-near Kanchana buri below the crumpled Bilauktaung Range. Might bows to majesty: Elephants pay homage to Thailand's King and Queen and the visiting President of Austria, sheltered by a gabled pavilion at Mae Sa Falls Forest Park. Demon strating the animals' skill, mahouts put them through the paces of forest work: dragging, pushing, and rolling logs. Trunks in trip licate (left) share the weight of a teak log.