By Taniya Dutta
These heartwarming visuals show an elephant herd being sprinkled with a huge hose near a massive river in the world’s largest orphanage for abandoned elephants in Sri Lanka.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage situated in Kegalle in Sri Lanka, boasts of having the world’s largest herd of captive elephants who were either strayed from their herds or separated from their mothers after they were killed.
Once every year, the 93 lucky elephants-both calves and adults, are showered, given spa and nutritional food in the hope of simulating a natural habitat to them.
They are taken to Maha Aya River twice a day for a bath and fed around 168 pounds of green matter a day and four pound of rice and maize.
The babies less than three years of age are bottle fed by their mahouts and volunteers who are numbering to over 100.
The free movement of the herd within the enclosed land of the orphanage is a huge attraction for tourists, particularly from foreign countries who visit to see the annual spectacle.
The centre opens at 8.30 in the morning and closes at 6pm daily.
Bottle feeding is at 9.15am, 1.15pm & 5 pm and bathing times at the river is at 10am and 2pm.
The bathing hours are followed up by the feeding hour at the main center of the orphanage. Selected visitors have a chance of bottle feeding milk to the baby elephants.