Sumathi at Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Sumathi at Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple

† Sumathi
ID Number:
138 in Database for Captive Elephants in Tamil Nadu - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dentition:right tusk
Dead date: 2006-11-03,
Death reason: disease: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)?
Location:Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple
ArrivedPalani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple 1987-00-00
Born: wild
Document updated2018-05-19: new record, death report
15 vladurai Venkatachalapuram Vimalan Sumathi Female 40 1987

Reported dead November 2006.

2005-11: However, an aged elephant Sumathi would not take part in the camp this year also, owing to ill health. Already, veterinary doctors checked the mammoth animal and declared that it was not fit for travel. Now, Sumathi was taking rest at Karunai Illam, owned by the temple administration. Already, temple administration had brought elephant trainers from Kerala to treat and train the ill elephant. After treatment, its weight had been reduced drastically.

Sumathi had gone up to Avinashi last year and returned to Palani, as it could not continue strenuous and gruelling journey in a lorry. It came afoot to reach the temple town.


20016-11: Sumathi, a 39-year-old elephant of Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple, died at Palani on Wednesday night. The pachyderm, which was ailing due to a bacterial attack since October 31, had lost movement of both its hind legs and was treated by a team of veterinary doctors drawn from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


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