Dasara elephant Lakshmi gives birth at Mysore Palace | Mysuru News

MYSURU: It’s a happy event at Mysore Palace. Dasara elephant Lakshmi gave birth to a tusker late on Tuesday. Both mother and the calf are healthy and under observation, said forest officers.
This is perhaps the first time an elephant participating in the festival has given birth at Mysore Palace where 14 Dasara elephants are staying as part of the rehearsal for the Vijayadashami procession. This is Lakshmi’s first delivery, officers claimed.
Elephants will have a gestation period of 18-22 months.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (wildlife) V Karikalan said the 21-year-old Lakshmi, who has been participating in the Dasara for a few years, gave birth smoothly around 8.30 pm on September 13. The mother is taking care of her young well.
Lakshmi was isolated after she showed signs of delivery earlier in the day. We have deputed an exclusive vet to look after the mother and the calf. Its handlers too have been shifted to the new place within the Palace complex.
Lakshmi, a tamed elephant attached to Ramapura elephant camp in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, arrived in Mysuru in the first week of August as a part of the first batch of Dasara elephants. “She was put on a special diet like the other 13 elephants and was also regularly taken for a walk. Probably all this helped Lakshmi to deliver smoothly,” explained Karikalan
According to officials, Lakshmi’s stay is likely to be extended for a few more weeks even after the celebration is over on October 5 in the interest of the health of the mother and the calf.
Though it is being claimed that this is Lakshmi’s second delivery there is no authentication. Elephants usually start giving birth after 20 years and after each delivery, there will be an interval of four years. Considering the facts it appears to be her first delivery.

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