Lakshmi was a begging and blessing elephant, a category common across India and which is perhaps the most rampant form of exploitation of this gentle giant. Lakshmi belonged to a religious institution in Tumkur, about 75 kms north of Bangalore. After duly confirming that WRRC could care for her, the Forest Department confiscated her and she was housed at the BRC. But the absence of a rescue facility for captive elephants resulted in Lakshmi being returned to her former owners. But WRRC learnt from this case and has been working the State Forest Department and to make a care facility for captive elephants a reality soon.