48-day elephant 'bootcamp' in southern India kicks off

An elephant rejuvenation camp at Thekkampatti in southern India has been inaugurated, with 26 elephants from local temples being looked after with a weight reduction plan including workout routines and a healthy diet. The elephants arrived from temples in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on February 8. Often held in December-January, the camp was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is being held in February-March this year, lasting 48 days. Video filmed on Monday shows the elephants with their human assistants. Both the animals and their helpers were tested for COVID-19 and allowed entry into the camp after testing negative.