Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple in India

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Sumathi  dead elephant

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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Incisivesright tusk
Born:* wild
Birth place: in unknown
Dead: 2006-11-03
Death reason: disease: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)?
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple, in India

Date of arrival

1987-00-00Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple
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History of updates2018-05-19: new record, death report

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† Sumathi is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2006-11-03 at Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple, in India, . Official death reason described as Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)?.


Sumathi was born wild at unknown.

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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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Koehl, Dan, (2023). Sumathi, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Palani Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Temple in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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