Jumbo Jai Ho

The 48-day rejuvenation camp for elephants belonging to various temples and mutts in Tamilnadu concluded at Thekkampatti on the outskirts of Coimbatore Wednesday. Launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, it is a welcome move to allow temple elephants take a break from their routine. This not just refreshes their mind, but also recharges their body since various therapies and treatments are provided at the camp.

A total of 28 elephants underwent the rejuvenation programme during the 11th edition of the camp which began 14 December.

After its successful completion, the jumbos were sent to their temples in trucks and lorries flagged off by State Hindu Religious and Charitable and Endowments Department Minister, Sevoor S Ramachandran. It is learnt that Forest Department officials, veterinary doctors and animal experts took special care of the elephants during the camp.

The elephants were given nutritious food and fruits during the programme. As a routine, the pachyderms were taken out for a 5-km walk on the sprawling nine acre campus. They were also given a shower bath and physiotherapy. Also, the mahouts were given training on how to handle the elephants. The 48-day camp will go a long way in keeping the elephants active and agile, both physically and mentally, in the months to come.

NT Bureau