Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil) in India

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Vellaiammal  dead elephant


Local id Number 5
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Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ less than 2013 years old (maximum age)
Born:* >1950 wild
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Dead: 2013-09-14
Death reason: disease: arthritis
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Present / last location:Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil), in India

Date of arrival

1954-00-00Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil)
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History of updates2018-05-06: new record

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Vellaiammal is a dead sick Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2013-09-14 at Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil), in India, . Official death reason described as arthritis.


Vellaiammal was born wild >1950.

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For the last 10 years, Vellaiammal was sleeping in a standing position as she had a problem (arthritis) on her right leg. “Last night, she slept lying down probably due to lapse of memory. Around 5am on Saturday, when the mahouts and other attendants came to the shed, they were surprised to see Vellaiammal lying down but she was making efforts to get up,” Rangarajan, supervisor of the Big Temple told TOI.

Have visited this temple several times and seen the elegant Vellaiammal. Sad that it had a painful death. Pray to Almighty for its soul to rest in peace. Sridhar BalasubramaniamImmediately the authorities called the veterinarians who tried to revive her and also make her get up but efforts failed and she started gasping. Her end came around 9am, said Rangarajan. The final rites for the elephant were done behind her shed at 4pm, he said

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Koehl, Dan, (2021). Vellaiammal, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil) in India. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 October 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories2013 deaths | >195 births | Elephants from Thanjavur Brihadishvara temple (Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Kovil) | India | Asian elephants

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