The video, which has gone viral, has been captioned in Malayalam, which roughly translates to 'true friendship means eating from the other person’s plate'.
A tamed elephant can now fetch up to $80,000 (Rs 56,93,600), a colossal investment that then requires gruelling hours of work and increasingly bizarre stunts to be recouped.
The Delhi Police 'detained' the jumbo along with its mahout, Saddam, from Yamuna Pusta area in the national capital around 3 am on Wednesday.
Honorary Wildlife Warden Kaushik Barua observed that modern elephant management techniques need to be introduced to build an infallible bond between a mahout and his elephant.
The 39-year-old male tusker, Drona, collapsed and died at the Thithimathi Elephant Camp in Karnataka's Nagarahole National Park on Friday.
Elephants are important animals and cultural symbols in Kerala, which boasts of many elephant festivals such as 'Thrissur Pooram'. The abuse of the elephant on tape has caused widespread anger.
Mahout body has been sent for a postmortem. The elephant is owned by a hospital group in the city.
Lakshmi, an elephant from Tamil Nadu is known for her harmonica playing skills, which even shot her to internet fame in 2016.
<p>An elephant trampled its mahavat to death in a village in Bihar's Saran district, police said on Monday. The incident took place at Samhauta village during a marriage function late on Sunday night as an elephant apparently in 'musth' went wild and crushed its mahavat (trainer) to death, the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Satya Prakash said.</p>
Elephant had gone berserk with mahout and two foreign tourists atop it.
Elephants ran amok and killed 19 people this year alone.
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