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Elephants and their mahouts took to the soccer field during the Chitwan National Park Elephant Festival, hosted annually in Nepal to the delight of visitors from all over the world.
Bred in the local Elephant Breeding Centre in Sauraha, a gateway town to the renowned national park about 170 Km south of Katmandu, adult and baby elephants faced-off to each other, kicking balls, running around, missing as well as scoring goals, during the thrill packed 30 minute-long match.
The event, which used to be known as the International Elephant Race, has become increasingly popular with locals and tourists.
Nepal has about 300 elephants, including more than 100 domesticated ones which are used by hotels and national parks to take tourists on jungle rides to watch wild animals like one-horned Asian rhinoceroses and Royal Bengal Tigers.
Elephants are protected by law and anyone convicted for killing one faces up to 15 years in jail.