A move to transport elephants in India to a 'holiday camp' has hit problems after complaints the animals suffered torture and abuse.
By Sampath Kumar
BBC correspondent in Madras
The elephants apparently refused to board a truck to take them away, despite a week's training, after which they were forcibly herded on to the vehicle.
There has been an increase in elephants attacking people
They were to be taken to a camp in the hill resort of Mudumalai in southern India to rest and recuperate.
Two southern Indian states have introduced annual holidays for working elephants.
More than 80 elephants, belonging to various temples and individual owners, were expected to be sent to the holiday camp.
There, in natural surroundings, they were to be fed nutritious food and provided health care by the government.
Authorities say more than 60 elephants are now in the camp.
The idea of a holiday camp was prompted by the recommendation of a team that studied the upkeep of elephants in Kerala, which employs hundreds of elephants for temple festivals.
Concern for the animals has been in focus following increasing attacks by these elephants on humans.
At least four people have been killed in such attacks in Kerala in recent months.
Fatigue and ill-treatment of the elephants are believed to be the reason for the elephants going berserk.