HUA HIN, THAILAND - AUGUST 29: A Brahman priest sprinkles holy water blessing the elephants before games begin during the first day of events at the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament on August 29, ... more 
HUA HIN, THAILAND - AUGUST 29: A Brahman priest sprinkles holy water blessing the elephants before games begin during the first day of events at the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament on August 29, 2013 in Hua Hin, Thailand. This is the 12th year for the event. The sport of elephant polo started in Nepal in 1982. Proceeds from the tournament go to help rehabilitate elephants rescued from abuse. Each team has three players and three elephants. Matches take place on a pitch (field) 80 meters by 48 meters using standard polo balls. The game is divided into two 7 minute 'chukkas' or halves. There are 16 teams in this year's tournament, including one team of transgendered 'ladyboys'. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) less 
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