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Thirsty Elephants in India

March 17, 2010 — With summer approaching in India, most bodies of water have dried up causing elephants to go thirsty.

Elephants are crucial for carrying visitors in India's desert state of Rajasthan. And with the severe water crisis there, the animals are going thirsty.

Summer is approaching and the warmer temperatures are drying up most water bodies in the area.

Several elephant owners have been forced to purchase water tankers daily to maintain the needs of their animals.

“The tough times have started for the elephants,” says the General Secretary for the Elephant Owners Association. “We are facing difficulties in arranging water for elephants and we fear that this will create more problems during summers.”

Right now it's costing owner around 35 dollars a day to supply enough water.

Elephants are considered an important feature to the culturally rich Rajasthan.

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