Elephants who took part in the Dasara festival procession in Myuru have returned to the Dubare Elephant camp and were seen playing football on Tuesday. The jumbos were spotted practising their football skills and amusing the tourists. Tourists visiting the camp are often amazed seeing the training and daily activities of these elephants they take a bath in the river, play football and do other tasks. There are 26 elephants in the upscale camp and three elephants in the nearby elephant camp. Ou of these elephants, six elephants participated in the historic Mysore Dasara celebrations.
#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
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.
The Dubare is known for its elephant camp, a forest camp on the banks of the river Kaveri in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka. It is an important base for the Karnataka Forest Department's elephants. The moist deciduous forests of Dubare is also home to many wild animals and birds. Spotted deers, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, gaur and bears are also seen in these forests.
Mysuru Dasara is a 10-day festival, which had begun with Navaratri. 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.
(With ANI inputs)