Rajeshwari at Arulmigu Sugavaneswarar Temple

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Rajeshwari at Arulmigu Sugavaneswarar Temple

† Rajeshwari
Alternative name:Rajeswari
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 40 years old
Dead date: 2018-04-21,
Death reason: euthanised: acute Elephant TB (Mycobacterium Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis))
Location:Arulmigu Sugavaneswarar Temple
ArrivedArulmigu Sugavaneswarar Temple 1982-00-00
from Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
Born:1978 captive-born in
Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
Parents: x Gowri
Siblings through the mother Gowri:
  1. 1988-04-16(M) Wilson
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Document updated2018-04-17: new record
2018-04-21: euthanised
2018-05-18: parentage
1981: Rajeswari reportedly came to Salem in 1981, on an exchange program from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary when she was a 5-year-old calf. She has been suffering from TB for the past 10 years and is currently being treated by a team of vets supervised by Madras Veterinary College and Namakkal Medical College professors.

2018-04-17: After over a month of pain and illness and a lifetime of deformity, euthanasia will now come to the aid of Rajeswari, Arulmigu Sugavaneswarar Temple’s resident elephant. The Madras High Court, hearing a petition by an animal lover on Monday, granted permission for mercy killing of the jumbo, after it developed bed sores all over its body during the course of the illness that had rendered her immobile.

2018-04-21: The ailing elephant of Arulmigu Sugavaneshwarar Temple in Salem has died on Saturday. A staff at the office of the temple executive officer confirmed the death of Rajeshwari.

Sources, among others

  • http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/Salem-temple-elephant-shifted-to-spacious-shed/article15571207.ece
  • http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2018/apr/17/with-euthanasia-order-relief-at-last-for-temple-elephant-rajeswari-in-salem-of-tamil-nadu-1802499.html
  • https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/tamil-nadu-salem-temple-elephant-who-got-nod-for-mercy-killing-dies/articleshow/63858120.cms
  • https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/shocking-and-painful-devotees-slam-hc-s-mercy-killing-order-tn-temple-elephant-79758
  • http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/bitstream/1/2056749/1/TNV-962.pdf

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