Jumbos enjoy a day off at a wildlife sanctuary in West Bengal

 
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Jalpaiguri, Sep 18 (ANI): Captive elephants, used by the forest officials to supervise the area, enjoyed a royal treat at the Jaldapara Sanctuary in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

The forest officials use elephants to supervise the area since most of the sanctuary is inaccessible by vehicle or on foot.

Every year on the occasion of Vishwakarma puja, the jumbos get the much-awaited annual holiday.

On this day, the elephants are given special treatment. The day starts with the bathing of the animals in the river. The mahouts then decorate the elephants and give them special food.

"The elephants are the ride of Lord Vishwakarma and Vishwakarma takes care of machine, elephants. That's why we the staff members of Jaldapara Wildlife perform this puja (ritual)," said Kharke Bahadur, a mahout.

Wildlife officials said elephants played a big role in maintaining the sanctuary.

"Because at Jaldapara, it's mainly wildlife area. Here, there is very important role for such captive elephants because some areas where vehicle movement and foot patrolling is not possible because there is risk to life and these areas are accessible (because of elephants). So we totally depend on these captive elephants," said Buddhadev Mondal, range officer at the sanctuary. (ANI)

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