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Valiyaveettil Manikandan and Ithithanam Guruvayoorappan

Kerala’s two star jumbos die on same day

2016-11-24 - Thrissur, India.

Wednesday was a sad day for elephant lovers in Kerala. Two of their favorite pachyderms, Ithithanam Guruvayoorappan and Valiyaveettil Manikandan, died just hours apart owing to illness. Both the jumbos were star attractions of temple festivals across the state.


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Devaswoms deny charges of cruelty to elephants

2016-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

The common forum of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi devaswoms has denied charges of cruelty to elephants during Thrissur Pooram. “Elephants with wounds or swellings were not paraded for the Pooram,” a joint statement of the devaswoms said. It added that only those elephants with fitness certificates issued by the forest and animal husbandry departments were used for the event.


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Row over Pooram elephants intensifies

2016-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

The Kerala State Animal Welfare Board (KSAWB) has come up against the statement of the Animal Husbandry Department refuting the allegation that elephants were subjected to cruelty during Thrissur Pooram celebrations. In a press release here on Friday, M.N. Jayachandran, Member, Kerala State Animal Welfare Board, alleged that the Thrissur Animal Husbandry officer was trying to misguide people with false information and was trying to protect the festival organisers.


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ARAs increasing their market shares in India, complains about elephants being "paraded on uneven surfaces" etc...

2014-05-04 - Thrissur, India. Dhinesh Kallungal

Dhinesh Kallungal:"The stage is set for one of the ‘mammoth misuses’ of captive elephants in the country, with the festival organisers of Thrissur Pooram, the largest temple festival in the South India, doing the final preparations to make the festival a roaring success at the cultural capital of Kerala."


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Not just any elephant can take part in Thrissur pooram!

2014-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

It is common knowledge that the Thrissur Pooram was the brain child of King Sakthan Thampuran, who also had the dense teak forests of the renowned Thekkinkadu Maidanam cleared, just for its sake. "There won´t be a next generation of elephants in Kerala, and consequently, no more Poorams! Enjoy them while they are still on,


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Picture for representational purpose only.

Elephant runs amok, woman escapes

2013-12-27 - Thrissur, India.

A woman had a miraculous escape after she was caught in between the legs of an elephant which ran amok during a temple festival at Kumaranchira near Nandipulam here on Thursday. Shobana of Mupliyam suffered minor injuries and has been admitted to the Puthukkad Government Hospital. According to police, the elephant, Irinjalakuda Kannan, turned violent when the mahouts were adorning it with caparisons before the procession at 9.30 a.m.


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Thousands attend Thrissur Elephant Festival

2013-04-26 - Thrissur, India.

Thousands of people witnessed the annual Elephant Festival held here over the weekend. The troupe of drummers, roaring crowd, and the decorated elephants, which carried the deities from different temples on their back added to the grandeur of the parade. The festival parade culminated in the grounds of Vadakkunnathan Temple.The festival is celebrated annually in the month of Medam (mid April and May first) as per the Malayalam calendar.


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Kerala court releases elephant Ramachandran on bail

2013-03-14 - Thrissur, India.

Ramachandran, which stands 3.17m tall and fondly called Raman, was released by the Perumbavoor first class judicial magistrate court last week in a case related to the death of three women after he ran amok at a temple festival in Perumbavoor on January 27.


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Piling waste poses threat to Punnathurkotta elephants

2012-09-06 - Thrissur, India.

The sanitary conditions in the famous elephant sanctuary at Punnathurkotta are in an abysmal state. The 63 elephants owned by the Guruvayur Devaswom Board housed in the compound face a serious health hazard owing to non-removal of waste, which includes elephant excreta, palm leaves and grass. Seven tonnes of waste is generated here daily. Although the devaswom has given tender to remove the waste on a daily basis, the compound has not been cleaned for the past several days.


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People flee for life at Thrissur Pooram

2012-05-03 - Thrissur, India.

At least 62 people including women and children were injured on Wednesday when an elephant participating in the Thrissur Pooram ran amok. It was at around 12.15 pm that the elephant, Unnippilly Kalidasan of Paramekkavu temple, who appeared during the elephant parade by noon on Wednesday turned hostile.


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Caparisoned elephants lined up for the "Pakalpooram" part of the Thrissur Pooram on Tuesday.

Lakhs witness Thrissur Pooram

2012-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

Revellers packed the city streets on Tuesday to soak in every bit of the Thrissur Pooram — the elephant parades, ensembles, religious ceremonies and the pyrotechnics. Elephant lovers got to see 38 majestic tuskers, 30 of them at the main parade. People devoted to temples and their customs admired the festival´s celebration of age-old rituals, especially the processions carrying the deities of the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples to the Sree Vadakkannathan temple in the heart of the c...


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Veterinary doctors examine elephants participating in Thrissur festival

2012-05-01 - Thrissur, India.

"Every year, we check the elephants. If the elephants are having musth (a period when elephants display highly aggressive behaviour), then we remove the elephant from the list, because it is a very important fair. We also check the heath as well as the microchip number that is inside the elephant´s body, so we can identify the animal very easily. We carry out this process every year for the betterment of the function of Pooram," said Giridas, a veterinary doctor.


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Tusker gores mahout to death in Thrissur

2012-03-29 - Thrissur, India.

A tusker belonging to the Koodalmanikyam Temple in Irinjalakuda gored its first mahout to death inside the temple compound on Wednesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Devadas, hailing from Palakkad, police told. The temple authorities informed that the elephant “Megharjunan” was in musth and was showing signs of aggression.


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Minister for Forest and Sports KB Ganesh Kumar inaugurating the 4th State Conference of Kerala Elephant Owners Federation at Town Hall yesterday.

Jumbo Associations merge amidst row

2011-11-13 - Thrissur , India.

He was inaugurating the 4th State Conference of Kerala Elephant Owners Federation at Town Hall yesterday. Ganesh Kumar also announced the merger of Kerala Elephant Owners Association with Kerala Elephant Owners Federation.


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Terror unleashed: The elephant runs amok in Thrissur.

Elephants on the edge

2010-12-06 - Thrissur, India.

In 2003, the Kerala Government introduced the Captive Elephant (Management & Maintenance) Rule, known as Rule 2003, whereby microchips and registration for captive elephants were made compulsory. To a large extent it resulted in reducing their illegal transportation. According to the 2009 census, there are about 695 elephants in Kerala, of which 196 are in Thrissur, a place known for elephant craze where caparisoned elephants are paraded in every function.


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Elephant undergoes rare dental surgery in Kerela

2010-11-27 - Thrissur, India.

Twenty-seven-year-old Devidasan had been enduring acute pain from a deep cavity in his tusk for the past five years. With the aim to alleviate the pain and repair and restore the beauty of Devidasan’s tusk, his owner, Forest Veterinary Officer Dr. V. Sunil Kumar, got in touch with Dr. C. V. Pradeep, conservative dentist and endodontist of Kannur.


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Wild elephants damage crops in Kerala

2010-09-20 - Thrissur, India.

A herd of wild elephants destroyed plantain and rubber crop at nearby Marottichal under the Pattikad forest range. Pattikad forest range officer, K Jayapraksh told PTI here today that the damage was yet to be assessed. It was suspected that wild elephants from Palappilly, Chimmini and Peechi forest areas might have entered the fields yesterday and destroyed the crops, he said. The locals, who saw the wild elephants destroying the crops, said that there were more than 10 elephants in the herd.


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Task force on elephants to meet April 30

2010-04-23 - Thrissur, India.

A task force formed to protect elephants and their habitats across the country is to meet here April 30, an official said. The task force of Project Elephant, a government scheme, was formed in February and the meeting in Kochi would be its first sitting. Project Elephant, which is being implemented in 13 states, also addresses issues of man-animal conflict and welfare of domesticated elephants.


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Tuskers attack three mahouts

2010-01-14 - Thrissur, India.

The mahouts of three elephants were injured in three separate incidents in Kottayam and Thrissur districts on Saturday and Sunday. Gopi of Chorimanthiyil House in Idukki - mahout of tusker Venattumattom Kithappilly Rajan - was seriously injured when the elephant attacked him after it ran amok at Mundakkayam on Sunday. The tusker which is being used for transporting timber has a history of masth, alleged the Elephant Lovers Association. Gopi is undergoing treatment at Kottayam Medical College.


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One of the tuskers that ran amok standing on the NH-47, blocking the traffic at Marathakkara near Thrissur on Sunday.

Two tuskers run amok, block NH for 2 hours

2009-09-07 - Thrissur, India.

Two tuskers ran amok and blocked traffic on the NH-47 between Marathakkara, near here, and Chalakkudy for over 2 hours on Sunday. The incident created panic among the passengers who were stuck in various vehicles on the highway. Elephants Mahadevan and Ayyappan, both owned by Uttoli Krishnankutty, ran amok while being taken through the NH-47 from Marathakkara to the residence of the owner at Amballur. Though the mahouts managed to chain Mahadevan, the other tusker could not be brought under cont...


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A HAPPY CAMPER: Apart from basic stuff, the camps teach mahouts lessons in elephant psychology.

Kerala govt sets up elephant training camps for mahouts

2008-10-19 - Thrissur, India.

Another festival season is coming up in Kerala and elephants are definitely a part of the show. But this time, the state government hopes to bring in more stringent rules to bring down the instances of elephants going berserk and attacking humans. The government realises that it’s not just the noise and heat which makes the elephants go crazy, but also the ill-treatment of elephants by mahouts. Several reports have shown gory pictures of violent abuse of the giants, therefore this year th...


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Film Star Jayaram inaugurating the state meet of the Kerala Elephant Owners’ Federation at Thrissur on Sunday.

Elephant owners hold meeting

2008-09-22 - THRISSUR, India.

A Programme to give practical training to mahouts and issue licence to the trained mahouts is under the consideration of the Kerala Elephant owners Federation, said Federation president K B Ganeshkumar, MLA. Filmstar Jayaram inaugurated the meet which commenced with a gajapooja. At the function, the Gajamithra Puraskaram and Nitish Memorial Endowment of Rs 5,001 was presented to Guruvayur Devaswom mahout P Radhakr i shnan. the ‘Palakapya puraskaram’ instituted by the Federation for ...


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Jumbo footprint bags latest American fashion statement

2008-08-18 - Thrissur, India.

Indian elephants are now walking a fashion ramp with a difference, providing their footprints to be printed on textile carry bags of New York-based fashion designer Barbara Gerard, who is here getting her models to perform. Gerard is at this cultural capital of Kerala to also introduce a new concept for children called "Elephant House". She said her concept was an innovative exploration of the Asian elephant involving the six senses as seen through the lens of video, film, painting, photography,...


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Blinding torture by mahouts

2008-08-10 - Thrissur, India. N V Davies

It is height of cruelty. It is alarming. And it is simply beyond belief. But it is a naked truth. Nearly 15 percent of the domesticated tuskers carrying Gods and Goddesses and entertaining public in festivals and celebrations in this God’s Own Country is partially or totally blind. Believe it or not, majority of these animals lost their eye-sight due to beating by their mahouts. Paradoxically, in this group of blind tuskers are some of the elegant ones most sought after by the organisers of fe...


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Barbara Gerard with the elephant of Poomully Mana

In love with elephants

2008-08-09 - Thrissur, India.

US-based Grande Gesture director Barbara Gerard is in love with elephants. Talking to this website's newspaper, Barbara, who is engaged in a project on conservation of the Asian Elephants, said, "When I look at an elephant a lot of compassion is visible in its eyes and this is never told to our children.”It is important therefore to introduce the children to the gentle side of the elephant, she added. In an attempt to do this, she invented the idea of ‘Elephant House’, which is portable.


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A jumbo brake to halt an unruly elephant

2008-04-11 - Thrissur, India.

Need to halt an unruly elephant. Apply the 'brake'. Thats what a small town innovator here has come out a metallic 'brake' to halt unruly elephants which the mahout can apply sitting atop the jumbo to stop the animal from running amok. Bhaskaran, who designed the elephantine brake, claims that the device could rein in even the mightiest of tuskers but elephant experts are skeptical of its efficacy. The device consists of an iron lock to be put on the forelimbs of the animal with a cable linked t...


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Ban on elephants with ‘musth’ signs

2008-04-10 - Thrissur, India.

Revenue Divisional Officer K N Ravindran on Wednesday issued an order banning the entry of tuskers with the signs of musth/violent nature to the town on April 15, 16 and 17, when Thrissur Pooram will be staged in the town. Documents concerning the elephants proposed to be paraded in the Pooram should be submitted to the DySP concerned in advance, the order said.


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The Kerala High Court has ordered a ban on parading elephants on Thrissur Pooram this year.

No elephants to add charm on Thrissur Pooram

2008-03-27 - Thrissur, India. Kundur Sathya Narayanan / CNN-IBN

Thrissur (Kerala): Caparisoned elephants are displayed accompanied by the traditional panchavadyam orchestra on Thrissur Pooram every year. However, this year the Kerala High Court has thrown water over the festivities, even before they have begun. It has upheld an earlier ban on parading elephants between 1100 hrs (IST) and 1400 hrs (IST) at all festivals. The ban had earlier been modified to allow the Thrissue Pooram festivities, but with elephants running amok at the last Pooram, an animal ri...


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Move to fix retirement age for domesticated jumbos

2007-07-22 - Thrissur, India.

Forest Minister Binoy Viswam said that a proposal to stipulate the retirement age for domesticated elephants and rehabilitate them in natural setting was under consideration of the state government. The Minister said that the government of Sri Lanka had implemented such a programme some years back and the centre where the aged elephants were rehabilitated in a natural setting had now become a major attraction for eco-tourists.


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India`s temple elephants get monsoon break

2007-07-17 - Thrissur, India.

A hugely revered temple in southern India rested its herd of elephants from daily duties to give them a month-long restorative treatment. Vadakkunathan Temple at Trissur in southern Kerala has 45 jumbos, which are normally used for temple rituals. But during the Malayalam month of Karkidakom, when all temple festivals are over, these elephants are given a month-long restorative treatment called Aanayoottu (feeding the elephants).


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Threat to kill Guruvayur temple elephants

2007-06-30 - Thrissur, India.

An anonymous letter threatening the safety of Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple here has been received by the Devaswom administrator. Guruvayur Devaswom Committee Chairman, Thottathil Raveendran said today that a letter received by the administrator yesterday also said that all the 64 elephants in the temple's possession would be killed. The letter was handed over to the Crime Branch division of the police for necessary action, he said.


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Gifting of captive elephants; forest dept initiates action

2007-06-09 - Thrissur, India.

What is the best way to make Assamese and Bihari jumbos ‘permanent residents’ of Kerala? Gift them, and keep mum about the money that has changed hands. The Forest and Wildlife Department has now tracked down two such cases and initiated action. Existing laws do not prevent transfer of elephants across state borders if permission has been granted by the Chief Wildlife Wardens of the states in question. However, sale of captive elephants is banned by law.


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Elephants run amok at fete

2007-05-10 - Thrissur, India.

Three elephants ran amok during the annual festival of the Koodalmanikyam Temple at Irinkjalakuda, near here, on Wednesday. The incident, which occurred around 10 a.m., delayed 'Arat' rites. About 10 persons sustained minor injuries. The police said that an elephant became violent after a mahout allegedly prodded it with a lance.


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Probe elephant behaviour in Thrissur

2007-04-29 - Thrissur, India.

The Elephant Lovers' Association on Saturday urged the Chief Secretary to conduct an investigation into incidents of elephants turning violent at the Thrissur Pooram. In a memorandum, the association alleged that Thiruvambadi Unnikrishnan, an elephant that ran amok, showed signs of musth.


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Six injured as elephants wreck havoc in Kerala

2007-04-27 - Thrissur, India.

Two elephants ran amok during Thrissur Pooram, a hugely popular elephant festival in Kerala. Tens of thousands of people had gathered in the temple city of Thrissur to witness the annual ''Pooram'' festival in which rival groups of 15 elephants were paraded amidst playing drums and mouth organs. However, all hell broke loose at around 4.30 pm (local time) when two elephants apparently became aggressive and ran about wildly, charging at frantic crowds that scattered to get out of their way.


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Kerala"s cultural capital is all set for Pooram festival

2007-04-25 - Thrissur, India.

After prolonged legal battles and uncertainty the famed Thrissur Pooram, the festival of festivals, will be staged here on April 27 and 28 with all traditional fervour and scintillating firework displays. In the next two days, Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, will be in the grip of ''Pooram fever'' and each and every person, irrespective of caste and religion, will work together for the smooth conduct of the festival.


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Tusker kills mahout

2007-04-09 - THRISSUR, India.

Elephant Vinayan killed its first mahout Unni from Kuttippuram during the Chandanakkudam procession at Chettuva on Sunday afternoon. Police said that during the procession in which 13 tuskers were being paraded, elephant Vinayan attacked another tusker and ran amok. The frenzied tusker threw away Unni, while he was trying to bring the elephant under control. Unni died on the spot.


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JUMBO COMPETITION: Elephants race for the holy prize for carrying the diety on their backs for a whole year.

Keralas tuskers dash for deity

2007-03-01 - Thrissur, India. Naveen Nair

It really is a mammoth race. The aanayottam or elephant race at the Guruvayoor temple in Kerala is an annual event that marks the beginning of the 10-day-long temple festival. Says Guruvayur temple administrator, Ratheesh, There is a myth behind this race. Once when Guruvayoor temple did not have any elephants it is said that elephants from the adjoining temple raced to Guruvayoor to get the idol on their heads.


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Elephant runs amok, mahout Shaji Chettinadan (28) injured

2007-02-15 - THRISSUR, India.

An elephant that ran amok on Wednesday created tension for more than three hours in the Poonkunnam area until it was tranquillised. Bastian Vinay Shankar, the elephant owned by a timber company, was brought to Poonkunnam on Monday night after a festival in Kootikavu temple. It was chained at the ground owned by the Sankarankulangara temple along with six other elephants.Vinay Shankar dislodged his mahout and injured him while it was being taken for a bath.


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Jumbo museum in Kerala soon

2007-01-15 - Thrissur, India.

The elephant museum coming up at Konni in Pathanamthitta district has been designed as an entertainment-cum-information facility featuring pictures, clippings, books and information about Indian elephants and their use in Kerala's cultural context, Forest Range Officer of the district Jayakumar Sharma said.


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Plea to check elephant trafficking

2006-11-14 - THRISSUR, India.

The Elephant Lovers' Forum has urged the state government to check alleged traffic of captive elephants. In a statement here yesterday, the forum alleged that there were moves to transport captive elephants from Bihar to Kerala without valid documents, such as no-objection certificates from the Chief Wildlife Warden. "Such moves violate provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972." (Available from Amazon)


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Dr. Jacob V. Cheeran

Free health check-ups for captive elephants

2006-11-10 - Thrissur, India. Sanu George

A group of veterinarians in India have initiated a unique project that aims at providing free health check-ups to captive elephants through mobile clinics. Conceptualised by a team of veterinarians under the guidance of Jacob V. Cheeran, the project is supported by two Bangalore based NGOs - Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF) and Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA). The Elephant Welfare Association, Trissur, and the Elephant Study Centre at Kerala Agricultural University are also as...


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Guruvayur Padmanabhan sets out from his camping place in Thiruvananthapuram

Guruvayur elephants to grace TN marriage

2006-11-02 - Thrissur, India.

The elephants of Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple, employed specifically to serve the Lord, will be for the first time in history, rented out to pose as showpieces in a lavish marriage ceremony to be held in Tamil Nadu on January 7. Guruvayur Padmanabhan, considered to be the state’s most majestic tusker and employed exclusively to carry the ‘thidambu’ of the Lord, is among the five elephants offered on rent.


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Gajasangamom 2006 (Elephant Meet) A society for elephant owners and mahouts in Kerala

2006-09-06 - Thrissur, India.

In a novel initiative, the elephant owners and mahouts in Kerala have joined hands by forming a cooperative society to handle various issues related to their trade and healthcare of the elephants. The organisers--Society of Elephant Owners, the city's Municipal Corporation and the District Tourism Promotion Council--distributed safety gears made of fluorescent material, which would reduce accidents on roads while transporting animals from one place to another.


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Elephants" day out! Kerala fair criticised

2006-09-04 - Thrissur, India.

The elephant fair in Thrissur is an inseparable part of Kerala's culture and tradition and attracts thousands of people as well as protests. Animal lovers feel the fair violates the rules for elephants in captivity. They are moving the Kerala High Court against the organisers, which include ministers, the district administration and forest officials. More than 100 elephants from different temples participated in the fair, which was witnessed by thousands of people.


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Kerala celebrates Thrissur Pooram

2006-05-07 - Thrissur, India.

Kerala is celebrating Thrissur Pooram on Sunday. It is one of the biggest temple festivals in the state. The two-century-old festival is also known as Thrissur Pooram named after the place where it is held. Pooram is marked by a spectacular procession of elephants and percussion performances called panja-vadiam. Close to 200 artists will take part in the festival this year.


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Elephant doctor Cheeran and his "must" tales

2005-08-04 - Thrissur, India. Sanu George

He is 63 and looks rather frail, but Jacob Cheeran is one man the mammoth temple elephants of Kerala fear. For, the elephant expert is always around with tranquillisers to tame them when they experience 'mast' - a condition of physiological breakdown during which the pachyderms practically go berserk. On Tuesday, Cheeran and his team might just have written themselves into the record books by firing a tranquilliser shot at their 500th elephant here.


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Spread of TB among elephants in Kerala causing concern

2005-07-31 - Thrissur, India.

Spread of tuberculosis among captive elephants in Kerala is causing concern as eight pachyderms are reported to have died due to the disease last year. Overwork, lack of proper diet, unhygienic upkeep and absence of periodic health check-up are said to be the reasons for the spread of the disease. "The disease poses a serious threat to elephants. Last year there was an increase in tuberculosis cases," senior veterinarian and elephant expert Dr K C Panicker said.


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Jumbo feast for 47 elephants

2005-07-17 - Thrissur, India.

In a majestic spectacle, 47 elephants were today fed a sumptuous feast on the occasion of the annual 'Anayoottu' - feeding of elephants - on the premises of the Vadakkunnathan temple here today. Hundreds of devotees and others thronged the temple premises to witness the show since early morning as the jumbos, herded from different parts of the state, lined up to partake in the feast.


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The nuts and bolts of elephant dentistry in Guruvayoor

2004-10-13 - Thrissur, India. Indo-Asian News Service

He is a vet, a dentist, a mahout and a sculptor all rolled into one - and Sankaranarayanan needs every one of those skills when he carves out tusks from softwood and fits them on elephants with nuts and bolts. A mahout by profession, who has been working for the past 35 years with the famous Guruvayoor temple trust in southern India that owns 69 captive elephants, started on this particular job only eight years ago.


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Wendy the elephant lived at Bristol Zoo Gardens until 2002

Bristol Zoo to close

2021-02-28 - Bristol, United Kingdom.

Earlier this week, Bristol Zoo announced plans to turn its car park into housing. This came after the Bristol Zoological Society announced at the end of November the closure of its Clifton site, with ...


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Thermal camera in operation at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

How 30,000 elephant "selfies" will help in conservation

2021-02-26 - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

Zoo keepers have compiled the world's largest collection of thermal images of elephants. The pictures show elephants in every pose as they play, eat and hang out in their enclosure at ZSL Whipsnade Zo...


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Man was cleaning stables when he was hit by female, knocking his head against bars of enclosure

Elephant kills Spanish zookeeper with one hit from trunk.

2021-02-26 - Santander, Spain.

The female elephant weighing around 4,000kg (8,800lb) hit the 44-year-old with her trunk on Wednesday morning at the Cabarceno Natural Park near the northern city of Santander, the zoo said. The man w...


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Madras High Court calls for policy to prohibit future ownership of Elephants by private individuals, temples; seeks State response

2021-02-23 - Madras, India.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday opined that a uniform policy should be put in place to completely prohibit future ownership of elephants by individuals or temples and to bring all elephants under the...


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First million-year-old DNA extracted from Siberian mammoth teeth

2021-02-17 - Stockholm, Sweden.

For the first time, preserved DNA has been recovered from animal remains over a million years old. The DNA belonged to two mammoths that lived around 1.2 million years ago. “Instead of there being o...


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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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‘Andal’ and ‘Premi’ from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam

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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