|An elephant heads for the ball before its opponents can get to it. [Agencies]|
Elephants played soccer in an elephant-themed festival in Nepal, the Daily Mail reported.
Teams of four elephants played soccer matches using a standard-size ball.
The elephants blocked passes, kicked the ball and batted it with their trunks, pushing each other for control of the play.
"The elephants are between four and five years old. Young ones are easier to train and run faster," said Basudev Mahato, 37, an elephant mahout.
The three-day event was held to promote conservation awareness and lure foreign visitors to Nepal.
Among the events was an elephant beauty pageant, where contestants sported nail polish on their not-so-dainty toes.（点击英国《每日邮报》查看原文）
(China.org.cn December 31, 2011)