A 33-year-old elephant named Mahalakshmi in Karnataka’s Mangaluru has become a big hit with a video put out by global news agency Reuters showing the friendly jumbo playing football with children at the city’s Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple.
🐘 A 33-year-old elephant that plays soccer has become the talk of the town in southern India's Mangaluru city pic.twitter.com/IjBt3uOAxe
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The clip also shows the elephant playing with its trainers , striking a ball thrown at it with a stick held in its trunk.
The elephant is also seen ringing the temple bell and has a crowd of admirers looking on.