Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Varagaliar elephant camp in India

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Kattayan  dead elephant

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Alternative name: Madukkarai Maharaj



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* wild
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Capture: 2016-06-19
Dead: 2016-06-21
Death reason: accident: multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries
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Present / last location:Varagaliar elephant camp, in India

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Varagaliar elephant camp
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History of updates2020-09-28

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† Kattayan is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2016-06-21 at Varagaliar elephant camp, in India, . Official death reason described as multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries.


Kattayan was born wild , captured 2016-06-19 .

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2016-08-15: When Madukkarai Maharaj, an 18-year-old elephant, died after being captured and kept at the Varagaliar Elephant Camp at Tamil Nadu Annamalai on June 21, 2016, tributes poured in from conservationists, who claimed that the animal had never caused much trouble to humans.

The Tusker was captured by the forest department for allegedly entering human habitation and damaging crops for over three years.

The tranquilised wild elephant, nicknamed ‘Kattayan’ alias ‘Madukkarai Maharaj’, which died at the elephant camp at Varagliyar near Top Slip on Tuesday, two days after it was captured, had suffered multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries while trying to free itself from the kraal, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Kattayan, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Varagaliar elephant camp in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=11412. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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