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849 wild elephants died in Kerala forests from 2009 to 2019. The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department.

2020-11-07 - Palakkad, India.

The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department. As per the 2018 census, the wild elephant population in the state is 5,706. The death rate is high, say experts. “The life expectancy of captive elephants in Kerala is 70 to 75 years while that of wild elephants is only 60 years,” said B N Anjan Kumar, technical assistant to chief wildlife warden.


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The tusker was constantly seen on the tracks during the last two weeks.

Elephant hit by passenger train in Palakkad succumbs to injuries

2016-11-27 - Palakkad, India.

A male wild elephant which was hit by a train on the B line at the Walayar Pudussery section just past Kanjikode succumbed to the injuries on Sunday. The passenger train from Palakkad town Tiruchirapalli (Train No. 56712) hit the 25-year old elephant at around 8km from Palakkad (towards Coimbatore) on Sunday 7.10 AM on the B line.


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Elephant kills mahout in Kerala

2013-08-15 - Palakkad, India.

A captive elephant gored to death its 50-year old mahout to death in Puthur in the district today, police said. The jumbo, which had been brought to participate in the ´anayootu´ (feeding of elephants) festival at Thirupuraikkal Bhagavathy Temple here, killed its second mahout Ramankutty (50).


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In a Rage: Temple elephant Narayanankutty goes on the rampage during an annual ceremony of the Puthenkavumala Mahadevar Temple at Nellad, near Vallamkulam, in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala on Sunday afternoon. The tusker uprooted a few trees, crushed

Elephants strike terror in Pathanamthitta, Palakkad

2012-02-13 - Palakkad, India.

Two elephants ran amok in Palakkad district and another in Pathanamthitta during temple festivals on Sunday. Four persons were injured in Palakkad, while in Pathanamthitta, the elephant damaged two vehicles and uprooted trees. The pachyderm, Narayanankutty, ran amok at the annual ‘parackezhunnellippu´ ceremony of the Puthenkavumala Mahadevar temple, at Nellad, near Vallamkulam, in Pathanamthitta at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday. It was tranquillised and tethered after three hours by an Elephant Sq...


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Baby elephant rescued from water well

2010-06-04 - Palakkad, India.

A wild baby elephant fell into a well in Palakkad district of India´s southern Kerala state on Thursday night. The four-year-old elephant fell into the well when it entered the residential area of Vadakkethara along with its herd. The locals came to know about the incident early in the morning on Friday and informed the forest department immediately. A huge crowd of locals gathered near the well to help the officials in rescuing the elephant. The animal is unhurt and is swimming in the wel...


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Deputy Speaker Jose Baby speaking after inaugurating the five-day training camp for mahouts organised by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to elephants

SPCA training camp

2008-09-17 - Palakkad, United States.

The problems faced by elephants could be mitigated to a certain extent by imparting scientific training to the mahouts, said Deputy Speaker Jose Baby.
He was speaking after inaugurating the five-day training camp organised by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) near the Pariyanampatta temple in Mangalamkunnu on Tuesday. The camp was being organised with the co-operation of the Departments of Forest, Animal Husbandry and elephant owners.


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Heavy rush for Nemmara-Vallangi Vela

2008-04-03 - Palakkad, India.

Thousands of people witnessed the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela which was celebrated on Wednesday with traditional fervour. In spite of the downpour all roads led to the Vela venue as crowds poured in to enjoy the panchavadyam and to see the elephants. Eleven caparisoned elephants were lined up by the Nemmara desam and another eleven by the Vallangi desam. The highlight of the festivities was the fireworks apart from the panchavadyam and the pandimelam by renowned artistes.


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Elephant runs amok

2008-02-25 - Palakkad, India.

An elephant which was brought for the festival at the Palabhadra Devi temple in Shoranur ran amok and created some anxious moments on Sunday. Cherpulassery Neelakantan which was taken to the Bharathapuzha river for bathing at 11 a.m. failed to obey the mahout and got into a deep pit inside the river bed. It began to run helter- skelter when it was brought out of the pit. It was with great effort that the mahout managed to tether the elephant.


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Probe sought into death of jumbos

2008-02-09 - Palakkad, India.

The Wildlife Protection Society of India has demanded an inquiry into the death of three elephants after being hit by a train in Kurumbanpalayam near Madukkarai. The society said that the Railways should create an awareness among its drivers and co-pilots to drive at a speed of 20km per hour on the Walayar forest stretch. In a statement here on Friday project officer and coordinator of the Wildlife Protection Society of India Guruvayurappan said that eco-development committees should be constitu...


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DFO directive to elephant owners

2008-01-06 - PALAKKAD, India.

All the owners of captive elephants have been requested to produce their elephants for verification , micro-chipping and issuing of health card at the following venues. On January 8, at the district veterinary centre on VH road from 10 am to 1 pm and at the Divisional Forest Office at Mannarkad from 2 pm to 4 pm. On January 9, venue will be at the M A Parameswaran and Company at Mangalamkunnu from 10 am.


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Recommendations to check torture of elephants

2008-01-05 - PALAKKAD, India.

The Elephant Lovers’ Association submitted an eight-point recommendation at the meet convened at the Collectorate conference hall here on Friday by the district administration to check the harassment of elephants by mahouts and owners during the coming festival season. Elephant Lovers’ Association president V.K.Venkatachalam suggested the setting up of pandals when the elephants are made to stand for long hours for ezhunnellippu in the sun.


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Action sought against Gajamela organisers

2007-11-28 - PALAKKAD, India.

Animal lovers have demanded that the government take action against the Elephant Welfare Trust of India for organising a Gajamela here on November 25. The Wildlife Protection Society of India, in a complaint sent to the Forest Minister and the Chief Wildlife Warden on Tuesday, said that the Elephant Welfare Trust of India organised a Gajamela and a march on the city roads on Sunday. It was organised with the support of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Forest and Police Departmen...


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Gajamela held in Palakkad

2007-11-26 - PALAKKAD, India.

The gajamela-2007 organised by the Elephant Welfare Trust at the BEM high school ground here on Sunday was witnessed by hundreds of people. Fourty-one elephants were paraded during the show. More than 50 foreign tourists were brought to witness the show. Every elephant was brought to a specially erected platform and three foreign tourists were assisted to get on top of each elephant. A bed sheet was spread over the back of each elephant and two ropes were tied on each side for the tourist to hol...


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Love for jumbos turning a burden

2007-11-12 - Palakkad, India. A Satish

Brothers M.A. Haridas and M.A. Parameswaran of Mangalamkunnu in the district who chose to rear elephants for the sheer love for them and who went on to become the largest individual owners after the Guruvayur Devaswom have begun to feel the heat of venturing into one of the riskiest business. From 18 elephants, they have begun to reduce their herd which now stands at 12. They had donated a 30-yearold elephant, Gajendran, to the local Pariyanampatta temple last year.


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Elephant dies after being hit by train

2007-09-29 - Palakkad, India.

A 12-year old elephant was killed when it was hit by a running train near the Walayar forests between Chullimada and Kanjikode on Friday. The elephant, which descended from the forests, was hit by the Kochi-Tiruchirapalli Tea Garden Express at around 2.30 am in the wee hours of Friday. The elephant, after being hit, was dragged over a distance of half km. Only the skin, trunks and the legs were recovered while all the internal organs laid scattered over a distance. A post-mortem was conducted on...


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Kangaroo land invites elephant doc

2005-09-04 - PALAKKAD, India.

Elephant doctors of Kerala are in great demand for treating sick pachyderms and tranquillising them when they go berserk in musth. They are becoming increasingly sought after around the globe. One of the doctors, Jacob Cheeran, will appear as an elephant expert in a case, involving the government of Australia which intended to import eight elephants from Thailand for their zoos and non governmental organisations which opposed the decision, before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.


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A family with a yen for elephants

1997-07-07 - Palakkad, India. A Satish

Though jumbo-sized problems and risks are part of rearing elephants, for brothers M A Parameswaran and Haridas of Mangalamkunnu they are family pets. They have got 14 elephants, making them the largest individual owners in Kerala after the Guruvayur Devaswom. The duo are averse to deputing their jumbos for pulling logs of wood, usually done by female elephants. So only tuskers form part of their brigade. Of the 42 elephants with the Guruvayur Devaswom, only 33 are tuskers.


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17 Headlines about Elephants from Palakkad2020-11-07 - Palakkad, India - 849 wild elephants died in Kerala forests from 2009 to 2019. The death rate of wild elephants in Kerala is high, reveals statistics shared by the forest department. 2016-11-27 - Palakkad, India - Elephant hit by passenger train in Palakkad succumbs to injuries 2013-08-15 - Palakkad, India - Elephant kills mahout in Kerala 2012-02-13 - Palakkad, India - Elephants strike terror in Pathanamthitta, Palakkad 2010-06-04 - Palakkad, India - Baby elephant rescued from water well 2008-09-17 - Palakkad, United States - SPCA training camp 2008-04-03 - Palakkad, India - Heavy rush for Nemmara-Vallangi Vela 2008-02-25 - Palakkad, India - Elephant runs amok 2008-02-09 - Palakkad, India - Probe sought into death of jumbos 2008-01-06 - PALAKKAD, India - DFO directive to elephant owners 2008-01-05 - PALAKKAD, India - Recommendations to check torture of elephants 2007-11-28 - PALAKKAD, India - Action sought against Gajamela organisers 2007-11-26 - PALAKKAD, India - Gajamela held in Palakkad 2007-11-12 - Palakkad, India - Love for jumbos turning a burden 2007-09-29 - Palakkad, India - Elephant dies after being hit by train 2005-09-04 - PALAKKAD, India - Kangaroo land invites elephant doc 1997-07-07 - Palakkad, India - A family with a yen for elephants

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 A view of the elephant training centre in Konni that houses the elephant museum. The museum will be opened on February 19.

Konni: Full-scale museum will showcase the unique relationship between humans, elephants

2021-02-09 - Pathanamthitta, India.

The building that houses the museum, which was originally opened in 2006 by displaying an elephant skeleton and implements associated with the training of captive elephants, was awaiting renovation fo...


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Elephants begin journey to Thekkampatti for 48-day retreat

2021-02-08 - Thekkampatti, India.

Elephants from temples across Tamil Nadu began to descend on Sunday morning for the 48-day jumbo retreat at Thekkampatti camp on the banks of river Bhavani in Coimbatore. A pet project of former Chief...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Invites People to Name Newborn Elephant, Announces ‘Surprise Gift’

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

The calf was born on February 3, more than two years after 10 elephants were translocated from Karnataka to Dudhwa tiger reserve's South Sonaripur range. Teresa is the first cow to conceive after the ...


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Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

Though many elephant relatives harbor extra copies of tumor-suppressor genes, the scientists found that elephant genomes possess some unique duplications that may contribute to tumor suppression throu...


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Rajasthan Govt Orders Removal Of 20 Medically Unfit Elephants From Tourist Rides At Amer Fort

2021-02-08 - Jaipur , India.

The Rajasthan Government on Monday ordered the removal of 20 medically unfit elephants from tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur. 3 elephants had tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), 11 elephants ha...


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A Unique 125,000-Year-Old Elephant Fossil Found

2021-02-06 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

Two brothers living in England and interested in fossil hunting as an amateur found a fossil on the beach of Isle of Wight. While this fossil is thought to be an elephant fossil dating back 125,000 ye...


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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra"s Tangkahan CRU

2021-02-04 - Medan, Indonesia.

A 35-year-old elephant, named "Sari," gave birth to this female calf, weighing 69 kilograms and 108 centimeters in height, in the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU), Mount Leuser National Park...


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The photo of Aameena trying to wake up her dead mother was a heart-wrenching sight for all.

Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home

2021-01-30 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Aameena, the wild elephant calf found near its deceased mother elephant at Kallar has been shifted to Kottoor elephant rehabilitation centre. The calf calf easily got adjusted to her new home. The mot...


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Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years

2021-01-26 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported...


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Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

STAFF, medical teams and anti-poaching personnel at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve are mourning the passing of their beloved matriarch elephant, Frankie, one of seven elephants that arrived at the p...


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Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

2021-01-19 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) would be conducting an investigation at the Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG) in July this year on the circumstances claimed in the National Aud...


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Video of an Elephant Massaging a Woman with its Trunk Goes Viral

2021-01-18 - New Delhi, India.

In the video, one can clearly see the woman lying comfortably on a low bed as the elephant is standing near her and massaging her back. The video was shared by a Twitter user named Aamir on Saturday (...


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During the pandemic, elephants take a break in Myanmar

2021-01-18 - Taikyi , Myanmar. ZON PANN PWINT

As beaches, hotels, pagodas and even walking tours were starved of tourists for most of last year, the pandemic has also taken its toll on the nation’s many elephant camps – which were once a popu...


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WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE

2021-01-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On Monday (18) locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota decided to take to the streets demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette. The Wals...


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Man-Animal Conflict: IFS Officers will go for Online Training, says Assam Forest Minister

2021-01-18 - Guwahati, India. Sentinel Digital Desk

Amid repeated incidents of man-animal conflict being reported from different parts of Assam, a five-day training session have kick-started started in Guwahati on Monday for about 35 forest officials, ...


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Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

2021-01-17 - Jupiter, United Kingdom.

The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy. The Asian elephant in S...


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Angry elephant hurls mahout to death in TVM

2021-01-17 - Aruvippuram, India.

An aggressive elephant threw its mahout away in a fit of rage resulting in his death. The second mahout identified as Kollam native Vishnu (21) died in the attack by the elephant. The incident took pl...


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Three new baby Asian elephants born in SW China"s Yunnan

2021-01-16 - Yunnan, China.

At the Xishuangbanna Tropical Zoo, an Asian elephant named Ya Long also gave birth to a baby weighing 95.4 kilograms on January 14, after 21 months and 19 days of pregnancy. "It took the baby elephant...


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Karl Mogensen pets Asha, an African elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo. The USDA has cited the zoo for allowing visitors to ride Asha without her handler always nearby.

Natural Bridge Zoo fined for animal welfare violations

2021-01-15 - Natural Bridge, United States.

The fifth violation involved Asha, the zoo’s prized elephant, and regulations that require dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, bears and elephants to be under the control of an experienced hand...


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Gerry Cottle dead: Circus legend who ran away at 15 is killed by coronavirus

2021-01-14 - Bath, United Kingdom. Vikki White

Gerry Cottle, who died in hospital in Bath this week aged 75 after contracting coronavirus, became one of Britain’s best known kings of the Big Top. From virtually nothing he went on to run a string...


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