Photos: Rajasthan starts testing elephants for Covid-19

In a first, Rajasthan has tested elephants for Covid-19. There are 103 elephants in the city; 63 reside in the sprawling complex of elephant village and 50 live with their owners in the locality around Amber. More than 8,000 families are directly or indirectly dependent on these elephants.

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Dr. Arvind Mathur, a veterinarian, collects a swab sample from an elephant for Covid-19 testing during a medical camp organised by the Forest Department at Hathi Gaon (elephant village) in Jaipur. The testing of the elephants began on June 11 in the state, which is home to more than 110 elephants. Sixty-three of them live in the sprawling complex of the elephant village and 50 live with owners in areas around Amber Fort. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Dr. Arvind Mathur, a veterinarian, collects a swab sample from an elephant for Covid-19 testing during a medical camp organised by the Forest Department at Hathi Gaon (elephant village) in Jaipur. The testing of the elephants began on June 11 in the state, which is home to more than 110 elephants. Sixty-three of them live in the sprawling complex of the elephant village and 50 live with owners in areas around Amber Fort. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Mahouts walk their elephants to a medical camp organised by the Forest Department at Hathi Gaon (elephant village), in Jaipur on June 11. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Mahouts walk their elephants to a medical camp organised by the Forest Department at Hathi Gaon (elephant village), in Jaipur on June 11. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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A mahout is handed medicines and nutrients during a medical camp organised by the Forest Department at Hathi Gaon (elephant village) in Jaipur on June 11. Rajasthan has crossed 25,000 Covid-19 tests a day, the third highest figure after Delhi and Tamil Nadu, and the state has now started testing its elephants for coronavirus infections. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

A mahout is handed medicines and nutrients during a medical camp organised by the Forest Department at Hathi Gaon (elephant village) in Jaipur on June 11. Rajasthan has crossed 25,000 Covid-19 tests a day, the third highest figure after Delhi and Tamil Nadu, and the state has now started testing its elephants for coronavirus infections. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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The camp has been organised by the state forest department in collaboration with Hathi Gaon Vikas Samiti. There are similar camps held every six months to check elephants for various ailments. However, this is for the first time the gentle giants are being tested for the coronavirus. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

The camp has been organised by the state forest department in collaboration with Hathi Gaon Vikas Samiti. There are similar camps held every six months to check elephants for various ailments. However, this is for the first time the gentle giants are being tested for the coronavirus. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Dr. Arvind Mathur (R) handles a swab sample from an elephant for Covid-19 testing during a medical camp. “Swabs have been taken from elephants for the first time in Rajasthan. We will send the samples to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly,” said Mathur. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Dr. Arvind Mathur (R) handles a swab sample from an elephant for Covid-19 testing during a medical camp. “Swabs have been taken from elephants for the first time in Rajasthan. We will send the samples to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly,” said Mathur. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Ballu Khan, President of Hathi Gaon Vikas Samiti, feeds watermelons to an elephant during sample collection for Covid-19 testing at a medical camp. Khan said getting the elephants tested for Coronavirus will keep the animals healthy and boost the confidence of visitors. He said around 8,000 families are directly or indirectly dependent on elephants in the state. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Ballu Khan, President of Hathi Gaon Vikas Samiti, feeds watermelons to an elephant during sample collection for Covid-19 testing at a medical camp. Khan said getting the elephants tested for Coronavirus will keep the animals healthy and boost the confidence of visitors. He said around 8,000 families are directly or indirectly dependent on elephants in the state. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Swab samples collected from elephants for Covid-19 testing seen during a medical camp. Mathur said the results of the tests are expected in seven to 10 days. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Swab samples collected from elephants for Covid-19 testing seen during a medical camp. Mathur said the results of the tests are expected in seven to 10 days. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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