|† Kattayan||Alternative name:||Madukkarai Maharaj||ID Number:|
|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|
|Arrived||Varagaliar elephant camp|
|Document updated||2018-05-27: new record|
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 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.
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