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Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
Male elephants fired in India
Elephant-keepers in the western Indian state of Rajasthan have expressed their anguish over a government decision to bar male elephants with tusks - known as tuskers - from ferrying tourists.

The decision was taken last week following reports that a tusker had attacked a female elephant as she was carrying Japanese tourists.

The tourists escaped unhurt although the female elephant later died. The elephant keepers say banning the tuskers would be a big loss.

A BBC correspondent in Jaipur says it is not all bad news for the elephants of Rajasthan.

A special health camp for elephants has been set up just outside the city of Jaipur where vets treat their weary feet and cracked toe-nails after a hard day's work.

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