Elephants, who have taken part in the procession during Dasara festival in Mysuru, have returned to Dubare Elephant Camp here and were seen playing football on Tuesday.
There are 26 elephants in the upscale camp and three elephants in the nearby elephant camp. Out of these 29 elephants, six elephants have participated in the historic Mysore Dasara, including Anekadalliro Vikram and Vijaya.
Tourist visiting the camp often get amazed seeing the training and daily activities of these elephants they have a bath in the river, play football, and do other tasks.
A video of the game was captured and shared on Twitter by news agency ANI:
#WATCH Karnataka: Elephants who took part in the parade during #Dasara festival in Mysuru, were seen playing football yesterday, after they were shifted to Dubare Elephant Camp* in Kodagu district. pic.twitter.com/yHonc8q3Sz— ANI (@ANI) October 22, 2019
People dropped all sorts of comments on the post. Here’s how they tweeted:
😍😍— आशुतोष ठाकर (@iAshutoshThakar) October 22, 2019
❤️❤️— Srishti (@srish_1711) October 22, 2019
@Sohni_Bose treat for your eyes— उल्लू_का_पठ्ठा (@Kya_ukhad_Lega) October 22, 2019
Amanda, a tourist, says elephants returned Mysore Dasara to the camp after a long period and are now can be seen here taking river bath doing jungle walks etc. Another tourist, Chandana said that elephants have been trained to salute, race and play football, all of which are enjoyed by tourists, especially children.
He further said that elephants are now training with other elephants in the camp for the Mumbaro Elephant Festival.
Mysuru Dasara is a 10-day festival, which had begun with Navaratri and the main procession was organised on Vijayadashami (Dusshera). Every year the same trained elephants are brought from Nagarhole forest and kept in Mysore Palace till the festival ‘Mysuru Dasara’ is not over.