Coimbatore, Feb 22: A video of two mahouts purportedly ill-treating an elephant in a camp at Thekkampatti, about 50 KMs from here, has gone viral in the social media.

Drawing condemnation from the public and wildlife activists, the video taken by a visitor to the elephants rejuvenation camp shows the men with sticks hitting the animal on its legs and it is heard trumpeting in pain. Elephant Breaks Wall After Getting Trapped With Its Calf, Video Goes Viral.

The elephant, said to be from Srivilliputhur temple, was tied to a tree and being hit, the video reveals. When contacted, a source in HR&CE (HIndu Religious and Charitable Endowments) Department which organised the 48-day camp said higher officials too had seen the video and action would be taken after inquiry.

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