Elephants' day out attracts jumbo audience

There was a festive mood in Dubare elephant camp in Kushalanagr on Tuesday.

The caparisoned elephants delighted the audience by playing football. The crowd cheered when the elephants obeyed the commands of their mahouts at the ‘Aane habba’ (elephant festival).

To a command, the pachyderms marched to display their intelligence and sprayed water through their trunks to greet the visitors.  There was competitive and sportive spirit among the elephants.

The elephants also welcomed former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and Minister for Youth Services and Sports M P Appachu Ranjan by garlanding them.

The elephants also amused the audience by playing football. They were led by senior elephants Vikram, Prashanth and Gopi while playing. The activities of Harsha, Vijaya, Gopi, Kaveri, Ranjan, Shivagange, Theertharama, Chandra, Rama, Ajay, calves Karthik and Ayyappa enthralled the visitors. Mahouts J K Dobi was the master who was giving directions to all the elephants.

Zilla Panchayat former president Ravi Kushalappa, Kodagu CCF Brijesh Kumar Deekshith, DCF Dhananjay, ACF Nagaraj, RFO M M Acchappa and others were present.

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