Balakrishnan
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant in Canada

Biography
dead elephant ☨ ♂ Balakrishnan  dead elephant
Balakrishnan with his mahout Sakunni
Balakrishnan with his mahout Sakunni

Identification


Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 26 years old
Origin
Born:* 1942 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Imported:1967 by Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant
Freight:by ship from India
Death
Dead: 1968-02-28
Death location: Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant under-heated shed
Death reason: pathological: under-heated shed
Burial:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant, in Canada

Date of arrival

1967-00-00Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant
from Port of Halifax

1967-00-00Port of Halifax
from Port of Trivandrum

Port of Trivandrum
from Kerala unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2021-07-05

Latest document update2021-09-18 10:31:16
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† Balakrishnan is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1968-02-28 at Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant, in Canada, . Official death reason described as under-heated shed.

Origin

Balakrishnan was born wild 1942 at Asia unspecified location. and imported 1967 by Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant, by ship from India


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The Anil Hardboard Plant opened on Canada Day, at the height of the nation’s centennial festivities. The ceremony was to feature a live Indian elephant but history threw a spanner in the works. When the Six Day War interrupted shipping on the Suez Canal, Balakrishna and his handler Sankunni, were delayed enroute and missed the big event. Instead they became an exotic roadside attraction, drawing summer day-trippers from around the region. But as cold weather set in, it became clear that nobody had planned for the elephant’s welfare. Balakrishna died in February 1968, tethered to the ground in an under-heated shed.' This spring the National Film Board of Canada is schedule to release a short documentary on the true story of Balakrishna entitled 'Elephant 1967.

Balakrishnan in Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant
Balakrishnan in Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant

Balakrishnan in Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2024). Balakrishnan, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Anil Canada Ltd. hardboard plant in Canada. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=10813. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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