While spending a semester abroad in Bangkok, 22-year-old Christian LeBlanc and his girlfriend came across an elephant sanctuary during one of their expeditions. They decided to drop in and take a look. Wouldn”t you? They bought a basket of bananas and started feeding an elephant.
Hanging out with elephants is an exciting part of visiting Thailand.
Many places offer opportunities to feed and meet the elephants.
And if you think this is a great shot, just wait until you see what comes next.
The elephant was hungry, and he was eating so fast he didn”t realize that all the bananas were gone. And that”s when he grabbed Christian”s GoPro instead. “I didn”t even have time to think,” LeBlanc recalls. “It all happened so fast.”
As luck would have it, the GoPro was in time-lapse mode, meaning it recorded a series of photos without the button being pressed.
The result was this epic elephant selfie!
Or, as it”s apparently now known, an “elphie.”
The image instantly went viral once LeBlanc posted it to his Instagram, which he thinks is great. “I”m still in shock that it turned out that way. I”m in shock that this story has gone viral. It”s been a pretty crazy two days,” he told CBC News.
And naturally, some cheeky Photoshop was in order.
(via My Modern Met, CBC)
LeBlanc, who hails from Vancouver, graduated from UBC a few weeks ago and is now traveling through the Philippines. As for his (er, the elephant”s) famous picture, LeBlanc says he hopes that people will be inspired to travel, and will see how easy it is to make memories without a huge budget.
“I can”t guarantee an elephant selfie,” he says, “but it”s very easy to make it to this side of the world.” You can find more images of his travel adventures on Instagram.
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