Elephant festival tries to bring peace
Wild asian elephants are very common in Assam, with half of India's wild population living there. But that means elephants are being attacked and poisoned, from farmers trying to protect fields from the roaming herds.
An elephant festival was held last week to try and raise local awareness of the beauty and value of elephants. Almost 300 domestic elephants were present, playing soccer, performing and allowing people to touch them. Organizers hope the festival will increase tourism to the area and encourage locals to preserve the elephants.