Kattayan at Varagaliar elephant camp

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Kattayan at Varagaliar elephant camp

† Kattayan
Alternative name:Madukkarai Maharaj
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ < 1 maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date: 2016-06-21,
Death reason: accident: multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries
Location:Varagaliar elephant camp
ArrivedVaragaliar elephant camp
Born: wild
Capture: 2016-06-19,
Document updated2018-05-27: new record
2016-08-15: When Madukkarai Maharaj, an 18-year-old elephant, died after being captured and kept at the Varagaliar Elephant Camp at Tamil Nadu Annamalai on June 21, 2016, tributes poured in from conservationists, who claimed that the animal had never caused much trouble to humans.

The tusker was captured by the forest department for allegedly entering human habitation and damaging crops for over three years.


The tranquilised wild elephant, nicknamed ‘Kattayan’ alias ‘Madukkarai Maharaj’, which died at the elephant camp at Varagliyar near Top Slip on Tuesday, two days after it was captured, had suffered multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries while trying to free itself from the kraal, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Sources, among others

  • https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/from-dna-test-to-postmortem-report-this-hyderabad-lab-plays-csi-for-animals/story-laoinfUjWFemnobgPVsR7N.html

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