Colourfully painted elephants spray people with water to kick off this year's Songkran festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province. Revelers line the streets armed with water guns and plastic bowls and douse anyone in sight.
The world's largest land mammal is a huge draw for tourists. But while Africa's elephants are more likely to be spotted roaming vast nature reserves, their Asian cousins are less fortunate.
Dangerous levels of chemicals in the soil and ground water mean that the market cannot open, leaving traders out of pocket and Tokyo's governor with an intractable problem. Julian Ryall reports from the Japanese capital.
For the first time in a decade a Thai lake has given up its dazzling secret - the pink blooms of tens of thousands of lotuses.
Baby elephants have become the must-have status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy. The government has introduced new laws to protect them. But conservationists believe more action is needed to end mistreatment.
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