Rukmani (Rukku) at Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai)

† Rukmani (Rukku)
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Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 30 years
Dead date: 2018-03-22
Death reason: accident: sustained injuries when panicking
Location:Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai)
ArrivedArulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple (Tiruvannamalai) 1991-00-00
from Mudumalai Theppakadu elephant camp
Born:1988 captive-born in
Mudumalai Theppakadu elephant camp
Parents: x Bama
Siblings through the mother Bama:
  1. -- † 1999 () Bairavi
  2. () Mahesh
  3. 1975(M) Wasim
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Document updated2018-04-17: Kerala DCEK Nr
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.

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

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