Puducherry Ministers N.G. Pannirselvam and T. Thiagarajan, on an official visit to Coimbatore, had a rather unusual destination on their itinerary on Monday: an elephant camp.
After meeting the Coimbatore Mayor and other dignitaries in the morning, they went to the elephant camp in Chadivayal to enquire about the health of Lakshmi, the Manakula Vinayagar Temple elephant that is recuperating at the camp for the last 15 days. Lakshmi arrived at the camp in the first week of September after it developed injuries on its forefeet.
Mr. Thiagarajan told The Hindu that the officials at the camp told them that Lakshmi had blister-like wounds on the sole and that the legs had started bending because of standing for long hours on cement/mosaic floor.
Now, in the wild, in natural setting, Lakshmi was responding well to treatment.