In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2012, mahouts or elephant keepers take their elephants for a morning bath in the Ruak river near an elephant camp in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

 

              In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2012, mahouts or elephant keepers take their elephants for a morning bath in the Ruak river near an elephant camp in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2012, mahouts or elephant keepers take their elephants for a morning bath in the Ruak river near an elephant camp in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. A Canadian entrepreneur with a background in civet coffee has teamed up with a herd of 20 elephants, gourmet roasters and one of the country's top hotels to produce the Black Ivory, a new blend from the hills of northern Thailand and the excrement of elephants which ranks among the world's most expensive cups of coffee. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
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