Elephants Head to Tamil Nadu Rejuvenation Camp


Elephants at Play, c. 1770

Nov 23, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (SUN) — Elephants from Tiruchi district all set to leave for the annual rejuvenation camp at Mudumalai on Saturday.

As reported in The Hindu, Tamil elephants are again getting the benefit of wellness providers at the yearly elephant spa. "The pachyderms participating in the third rejuvenation camp for temple and private elephants started arriving at Theppakadu in Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park on Saturday. As many as 72 elephants from across Tamil Nadu, including those from temples, are expected to participate in the 48-day camp to be inaugurated on November 21.

Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar has been coordinating the work of various departments such as Forest, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, Electricity, Revenue, Animal Husbandry and Medical. Police would make sure that the garland-decorated lorries transporting the animals did not get caught in any traffic snarls. The Ooty-Gudalur highway has been repaired temporarily. A solar-powered fence has been erected around the site to prevent wild animals from straying into the camp. Lights have been put up on the road to the camp and drinking water facilities are being set up.

Elephants arriving at Rejuvenation Camp

There would be a grand welcome for the first elephant that crossed the Nilgiris border at Kunjapanai on the Kotagiri-Mettupalayam highway. District Forest Officer, Nilgiris North Division, K. Kandasamy, told mediapersons here on Friday that a Mudhal Mariyadhai pooja would be performed at the Mariamman temple in Kunjapanai. Special teams headed by Range Officers have been formed to man the rest stations set up at various places in the North Division, including Kunjapanai, Aravenu, Kotagiri, Kattabettu, Dodabetta, Perar, Ooty and Thalaikundha. Similar arrangements had been made by the officials of the Nilgiris South Division at Pykara, T.R. Bazaar and Naduvattam and by the Gudalur Division authorities at Gudalur and Thorapalli."


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