Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Bannerghatta Biological Park Zoo in India

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Sundar  dead elephant

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Alternative name: Sunder



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ maybe about 23 years old (estimated age)

People killed:1: 27-year-old Abhilash
Born:* 1999? wild
Birth place: in India unspecified location
Dead: 2022-08-26
Death reason: food related
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Bannerghatta Biological Park Zoo, in India

Date of arrival

2014-06-05Bannerghatta Biological Park Zoo
from Jyotiba temple

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History of updates2024-02-05

Latest document update2022-08-29 14:48:41
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† Sundar is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2022-08-26 at Bannerghatta Biological Park Zoo, in India, . Official death reason described as colic.


Sundar was born wild 1999? at India unspecified location.

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2014-01-28: An affidavit filed by Rajaram Mane, president of the temple trust, denied that Sunder was chained at the temple and the Mahout used a spiked chain and oral administration of tobacco to control him.
"It is incorrect to state that Sunder was denied adequate food, sufficient water and daily walks. The elephant was never controlled by beating or prodded and gouged in sensitive areas behind knees and Ears with ankush," the affidavit said.
The management committee of the temple, by a resolution passed on December 26, 2013, gifted Sunder to Warna Sahakari Dudh Utpadan Society. Accordingly, it has been shifted to the company premises where it walks in open air, said the affidavit.

2017-07-27: 27-year-old Abhilash was killed by elephant Sundar after he entered the park illegally, after consuming alcohol, and tried to click a selfie with the Sundar.

2022-08-26: The press release from the Park said they regretted the sad demise of the beloved elephant. He suffered Colic (abdomen) pain first on August 23. Ulcers had developed two days later. “He showed slight signs of improvement and treatment was continued. However, Sunder stopped responding to the treatment eventually; and passed away on 26/08/2022 at 9.30pm,” it read.

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2017-07-27 Selfie attempt kills man in bengaluru’s bannerghatta park, elephant tramples him to death. - Elephant News
2020-11-13 Elephant sunder gets a treat at end of musth - Elephant News

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sundar, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Bannerghatta Biological Park Zoo in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 June 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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