Every day our mahouts cook a big pan of sticky rice for our elephants. It's a supplement often given to older elephants (besides their main food which consists mostly of grasses) to maintain or increase their body weight. As elephants get older and their teeth wear down, or they even lose their teeth, the food that they can eat becomes more limited.
We add Okra vegetables, salt and vitamins to the sticky rice.
Okra vegetables help with our elepehants digestion, the slimy consistency when cooked makes it more easy for their feces to pass.