Elephant rejuvenation camp concludes in TN

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Coimbatore, Mar 28 (PTI) Amid elections and code of conduct in force, the 13th edition of Elephant Rejuvenation Camp concluded at Thekkampatti about 50 km from here, without much fanfare.

A total of 26 elephants from various temples and mutts from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry participated in the 48-day annual rejuvenation camp which began on February 8 and ended on Saturday.

An elephant from Sri Andal Temple in Sriviliputhur was sent back after a few days, as the mahout and his assistant were seen hitting it mercilessly reportedly for non-obedience.

As against the normal practice of holding a valedictory function, with presence of State Ministers, to mark the conclusion of the camp and also sending back the elephants in trucks to their respective places, this year it was a low-key affair.

A few officials from HR and CE, Forest and Animal Husbandry department were present during the event, official sources said on Sunday.PTI NVM SS PTI PTI