A Mahout shows the sharp metal hook known as a‘ankus’ which is used on most elephant's as a method of control.

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A Mahout shows the sharp metal hook known as a‘ankus’ which is used on most elephant's as a method of control.
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Life under the hook for most elephants. A Mahout shows off a form of control not used at Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary, Baan Na Ton Jan, Tambon Baan Tuck, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai, Thailand. The universally practiced use of this sharp metal hook known as ‘ankus’ on the animals most sensitive areas such as the head, mouth or inner ear were designed to literally stab the elephant into submission and break its spirit (the process is called Phaagaan in Thai).
Location: Sukhothai, Thailand.