[CBC뉴스] 산타 모자를 쓰고 거대한 얼굴 마스크를 쓴 코끼리가 초등학생들에게 마스크를 나눠주는 행사가 열렸다.
로이터에 따르면 산타클로스 스타일의 예복을 차려입은 마호우트들이 아유타야 지방의 한 학교 앞에 산타 모자를 쓴 코끼리들의 등에 탄 채 도착했다. 그들은 태국에서 코로나19 환자들이 증가하고 있는 상황에 인식을 촉진하기 위해 500개 이상의 안면 마스크를 선물로 가지고 왔다고 한다.
Christmas arrived early in central Thailand on Wednesday (December 23), with elephants wearing Santa hats and giant face masks handing out masks to primary school students.
Four mahouts decked in Santa Claus-styled robes arrived on the backs of Santa-hat-clad elephants in front of a school in Ayutthaya province. They brought with them more than 500 face masks to promote COVID-19 awareness amid rising cases in Thailand.
"I'm a little bit excited and a little bit sad because the elephants cannot go into the school," said 12-year-old student, Pacharamon Sukphiromsanti, who came out to greet the elephants at the gate.
In previous pre-COVID years, elephants and mahouts would walk around the school to hand out wrapped presents ranging from candy to toys as part of pre-Christmas festivities. But this year, they were not allowed in the school gates.
Thailand reported 46 new coronavirus infections, of which 39 were locally transmitted cases found in several different provinces.
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