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An elephant carries palm leaves to eat at Punnathur Palace in Guruvayur, India, on August 11, 2007.

Preparations for the annual elephant-rejuvenation camp begins in June.

The elephants are given de-worming medicine. Then they are segregated by weight. This helps the staff decide how much food to give each elephant.

At the camp the animals follow a course of mild walking exercises and a diet of medicinal plants, palm leaves, sugarcane, and water.

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