Arjuna at Balle Elephant Camp (Kabini)

ID Number:
40 in Database for Captive Elephants in Karnataka - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 57 years old
Body weight: 5250.00 kg, 11550.00 lbs
Management:Free contact
People killed:1
Location:Balle Elephant Camp (Kabini)
ArrivedBalle Elephant Camp (Kabini)
from Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)
Murkal elephant camp (Nagarhole)
from Kakanakote forest
Born:1961 wild in
Kakanakote forest
Capture: 1965,
Document updated2012-01-02: weight
2012-09-24: weight
2012-10-23: not mankiller?
2016-12-10: DCEMK_nr
2018-04-30: mahout
2018-11-01: weight
captured 1965 in Mathigodu.

Mahout: Sannappa (Mahesh), son of Dodda Masti

Arjuna was the immediate successor of Balarama and had carried the golden howdah once. But he was kept off the festivities after an accident.

Contradictory records:

One day Arjuna went to bathe in a river with his buddy Bahadur and Bahadur's trainer Annayya. While crossing a road, the elephants were startled by a vehicle and in the chaos that ensued, the rider Annayya fell down to the ground, only to be stamped on the his head by Arjuna. He was crushed to death. People opined that an elephant that had killed a man was unfit to carry the religious duties of Dasara. So Arjuna, while being as capable as Drona, never got to be the bearer of the prestige.
Mallikarjuna D.G.

In 1996, when Arjuna and Bahadur, the two tuskers were taken to Karanji lake for bathing, Bahadur's mahout Annaiah fell down and he was trampled upon. It was an accident. Even the mahouts and kavadis say that it is not clear whether it was Arjuna who trampled him, explained vet D N Nagaraj. But Arjuna was blamed for the tragedy given his temperament.

2011-10-09: weighed 5,530 kgs
2012-09-24: weighed 5,520 kgs
2015: weighed 5,250 kgs

Sources, among others

  • weight:
  • Database for Captive Elephants and their Mahouts in Karnataka
    made 2009 by Surendra Varma, Shiela Rao, Suparna Ganguly and Rajendra Hasbhavi, India

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