When giants compete

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Eighteen elephants took part in games and races at a biennial festival held in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak last month.
Known as the Buon Don [District] Elephant Race, the festival saw the giant animals race in a river and on land, play football, and take part in a ritual to pray for their health, Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper reported.
Locals organize the traditional festival not only to show their gratitude to the gods and pray for good crops, but also to honor the skills of elephant trainers.
 PHOTOS COURTESY OF LAO DONG

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