CHENNAI: If you have already given up on your New Year resolution to be more ‘health’ conscious, take some inspiration from the elephants at Anna Arignar Zoological Park at Vandalur.
Ashokan (5), Giri (5 and a half) and Urigam (6) have been put on an all-nutritious diet as part of a rejuvenation camp, the zoo officials said. The camp, which began on Thursday, will be on for around 50 days.
“The idea is to improve the health and immunity levels of these elephants,” says Sudhaker, assistant director of the zoo. The animals will be treated to everything from ragi and rice to protein supplements and herbal tonics. There will be the occasional sweet treat like jaggery, not to mention fruity options such as coconut, papaya and the ever favourite banana.
During the day, the elephants will be found frolicking in their extensive 14-acre enclosure. They will be bathed twice daily, said a staff member. Three vets will be on rotation, monitoring them as part of the camp.