Elephant football draws crowds of millions

Elephant football

Elephant football

An unusual sport has drawn a crowd of millions in Nepal, as an international festival in the country host a game of Elephant Football.
The elephants are joined by their trainers who sit on their shoulders and guide them to dribbling the ball and scoring goals.

Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time Nepal has hosted such a sport. The festival is in its seventh year, beginning with only elephants and an elephant football match.

By now, the festival has branched out to elephant polo and even a pachyderm beauty contest.

The festival takes place in the Chitwan National Park in Sauraha, which is one of the most visited destinations in the country – bringing in millions of pounds of tourism for the impoverished country.

The talented elephants participating in the event come from the Elephant Breeding Centre, located west of Sauraha.

The centre was established in 1986, and has played host to the birth of eight calves since 2008 and now houses about 40 elephants.

The latest arrival was a pair of twin elephants born in November 2008.

Could such an event be the next step to grace the screens of Brtain’s nationwide sports-lovers?

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