All 4 tuskers are fed 70 kg of carrot, beetroot, radish, cabbage and cucumber every day
With just three weeks left for
The elephants are fed with essential proteins two times a day. Abhimanyu must walk easily on the day of the procession in all the crowd from the Palace to Bannimantap without any glitches.
He was fed under the guidance of senior officials of the
Brown rice, green gram, and wheat are cooked with urad dal and onion. After cooking it for two hours, it is kept untouched for one hour. The food is served at noon to the tuskers before a daily practice session.
Initially, the tuskers were given three kg of food daily and it was increased gradually. There are six members each for the preparation and distribution of food.
After the arrival of the second team of tuskers, the elephants will be given 70 kg of green gram, urad dal, brown rice, and wheat every day. With this 70 kg carrot, 70 kg beetroot, radish, 70 kg cabbage and cucumber were also used.
Each elephant is given 15 kg to 25 kg of protein food at a time.
Abhimanyu can carry 750 kg of Howdah. We are feeding protein-rich food to all the elephants so they gain strength for Jumbo Savari
–Forest department official
For male tuskers, half kilograms of butter is fed and Abhimanyu is fed with one and a half kg of butter a day. Along with this, each elephant is served with 450 kg to 600 kg greens, 250 kg
The elephants are also given 35 kg Kusure, a food which was prepared with wheat, jaggery, coconut, peanut bunch, and salt mixed food.
The elephants drink 250 to 300 litres of water a day. Early morning at 5.30 am and evening before the practice was given water.
A Forest department official said, “Abhimanyu can carry 750 kg of howdah, but we are preparing him well. We are feeding the protein food to all the elephants so they gain strength for
Dasara elephant gives birth to a male calf
Among the elephant herd which was brought to
This issue has stirred a debate. While many were happy to see a calf born during Dasara festivity preparations, others said that the officials should have done proper health check-ups before bringing elephants for Dasara preparations as these elephants are subjected to numerous tests including gunfire tests.
The activists said that a female pregnant elephant was subjected to these tests and it could have been avoided if a prior health check-up were done.