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Trainers feed elephants at the annual rejuvenation camp at the Punnathur Palace in Guruvayur, India, on August 11, 2007.

The main feeding starts 3 p.m. daily, when the elephants assemble after their baths.

The food consists of rice, lentils, millet, turmeric powder and clarified butter. The elephants' medicines include hemoglobin boosters and live boosters among other traditional treatments.

During the month long camp the elephants gain 550 to 660 pounds (250 to 300 kilograms).

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