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Temple tuskers in Tamil Nadu on annual jumbo junket

Posted on Nov 17, 09:20PM | IANS

Happy days are ahead for elephants belonging to temples and 'mutts' in Tamil Nadu as they will head for a special rejuvenation camp starting this month as ordered by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Saturday.

At the camp, the elephants will be provided special diet and their health and mental condition will be checked and monitored.

The 48-day special rejuvenation camp for the tuskers will begin Nov 26 for 35 jumbos belonging to 33 temples and 10 elephants belonging to five mutts. The camp will be held near Coimbatore.

The rejuvenation camp for elephants was first introduced in 2003 by the AIADMK government headed by Jayalalithaa to provide the elephants respite from their daily grind.

While the erstwhile DMK government did not hold any such health camps for the tuskers from 2006-2011, the programme was revived by the AIADMK government in December 2011.

Interestingly, the temple and mutt elephants in Tamil Nadu seem to be better off as compared to people working in companies.

According to a survey by travel portal Expedia.co.in, 56 percent of south Indians cancel their leave at the last minute due to their job demands.

Respondents to the survey in New Delhi said they were forced to cancel their travel plans as their bosses did not sanction leave.