But in Tamil Nadu, chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday decreed that tuskers in captivity be sent on an annual vacation as per the schedule firmed up by the forest department. The government has organised a special recreational camp for elephants in captivity belonging to temples and mutts that begins on November 26 in Coimbatore.
In fact, in Tamil Nadu, tuskers enjoy a five-day week, two weekly offs, sick leave and annual leave, all strictly scheduled.
This will be the second annual vacation for the state's 102 elephants. The special camp is for a duration of 48 days, during which the animals will be given special diet and allowed complete rest, with medical examination in between. Rest and recreation for the elephants will also be organised at Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Nilgiri district, some 570 km from here.
Tamil Nadu has 102 elephants in captivity - 53 owned by temples, 23 with the forest department at Mudumalai Sanctuary and another 19 at Annamalai Sanctuary in the Western Ghats. Seven elephants are housed in TN's only zoo
outside Chennai. Tamil Nadu does not allow private individuals to own elephants though neighboring Kerala does.