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Clearly, elephants' welfare is subjugated to the appointment schedules of festival parades for commercial return. No surprise, they are battling it out with each other and running amok! Why are people in Kerala surprised that the elephants are "behaving aggressively"?
Through my sojourns during my recent visit to Kerala, Lakshmi -- the most gorgeous 25-year-old female Asian elephant -- left an indelible impression. It was love at first sight. Lakshmi captured my heart and soul with her intense brown eyes, grace, and pious, but most importantly by opening her heart and showering me with unconditional love.