Rukku at Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai)

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Rukku at Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai)

† Rukku
Alternative name:Rukmani
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 29 years old
Dead date: 2017-03-22,
Death reason: accident: sustained injuries when panicking
Location:Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai)
ArrivedArulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai) 1991-00-00
from Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai) 1988-04-30
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Born:1988-04-30 captive-born in
Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
Parents: x Bhama
Siblings through the mother Bhama:
  1. () Mahesh
  2. 1971-01-31(M) Wasim
  3. 1999? -- † 1999 () Bairavi
Rukkus pedigree:
P I II III

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Document updated2018-04-17: Kerala DCEK Nr
Born in Mudumalai on April 30, 1988, Rukku was gifted to the temple by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in August 1995.

The elephant was brought to the temple at the age of three years and domesticated. It was in the temple for close to 27 years. The elephant was given by the Tamil Nadu government to the temple....

The elephant sustained injuries when it was taken out for a regular walk around 9pm on Wednesday. When it was walking through the fifth prakaram of the temple, a pack of dogs barked and ran towards it. The elephant tried to run away and hit a barricade. The mahout and a few others managed to calm down the elephant and gave it water. After a while, it was taken to its shed. However, the elephant panicked when a dog run towards it. When it tried to run away, it hit a tin sheet and sustained multiple injuries.


2017: Rukku (the Temple elephant) passed away at her night enclosure at Arunachaleswarar Temple at 12.30 a.m. on Thursday March 22, 2017.

Sources, among others

  • http://www.hindu.com/2007/08/18/stories/2007081855480600.htm
  • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tiruvannamalai-arunachaleswarar-temple-elephant-rukku-dies/articleshow/63419535.cms
  • http://arunachalagrace.blogspot.se/2018/03/death-of-rukku-our-elephant-at.html
  • https://www.dtnext.in/News/TamilNadu/2018/03/23022944/1066111/Tiruvannamalai-temple-jumbo-dies-after-hitting-wall.vpf

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