This video features the remarkable 65-year old Rajan, the world's last ocean swimming elephant who lives on a beautiful archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

Rajan, who weighs around four tons, once worked hard carrying lumber between islands but is now retiredā€”although he still takes the occasional swim for fun.

It takes ten years to train a working, swimming elephant and it is no longer considered economically viable with the availability of modern transportation. However elephants are still valued workers and this was reflected in the $40,000 price that Rajan's keepers paid for him.

They repaid this money through a variety of means including hiring him out on photo shoots to photographers.


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