Elephants Play Soccer in Nepal

Elephants, guarded by their mahouts, took part in a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan in Nepal Wednesday. Located about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu, the place observed a three-day event featuring various sports and activities of elephants from Chitwan. The animals even participated in an elephant beauty contest.

Mahouts and their elephants vie for a ball during a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu Dec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

An elephant tries to kick a ball during a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan Dec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Elephants vie for a ball during a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan Dec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

A mahout instructs his elephant at a soccer match during an Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan Dec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

A mahout rides his adorned elephant after participating in an elephant beauty contest on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan Dec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Mahouts and their elephants run after a ball during a soccer match on the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in ChitwanDec. 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Elephants play an exhibition soccer match during the elephant festival in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)

A mahout paints his elephant’s nails to prepare for a beauty contest during the Elephant Race event at Sauraha, Nepal. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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