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07/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Elephants Disguised As Pandas For Attention In Thailand

The recent birth of a baby panda in Thailand has been causing concern for local residents - elephants, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail reports that the Thai public has been lavishing attention on pandas since the birth last month, pushing elephant keepers to extraordinary lengths to draw the focus back to elephants.

Keepers at the Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal painted their charges with watercolors, according to the Daily Mail, and paraded them before schoolchildren in a bid to remind them not to neglect the nation's elephants.

The Bangkok Post reports that the staff is gently mocking the current panda-mania while highlighting their concerns for national elephant causes.

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