Thailand elephants play in soccer match

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (NBC/RTV) — Elephants in Thailand showed off their soccer-playing skills during a match against students Monday.

The game ended in a three-three draw.

Despite their disadvantage in size, the student team put up a strong offensive.

The only major injuries reported were to the soccer balls, some of which didn’t survive being kicked by elephants.

Organizers said the match happened to remind people that getting involved with sports was fun and to avoid gambling during the World Cup.

A recent survey cited by Reuters said 12 percent of young people in Thailand ages 10 to 14 were expected to place bets on the results of soccer matches this year.

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