Record-holder Dheeraj is a walking encyclopedia on famed elephants in Kerala

Dheeraj S Nair
Dheeraj S Nair

Kumaranelloor: Meet Dheeraj S Nair who recently entered the India Book of Records for his exceptional knowledge about elephants.

In just 2 minutes and 58 seconds this Kindergarten student can recite the names of 109 elephants in Kerala. He learned about elephants from his grand-uncle, PN Sreekumar who was the Administrative Officer of the Devaswom Board. Dheeraj can also understand the body language of elephants, the name of the mascots as well as the ones who recently died.

Moreover, Dheeraj knows everything from the eye colour of a particular elephant, the length of its trunk, the ones who have the maximum number of nails and why they are considered great, the number of elephants at the Guruvayoor Devaswom, the significance of Guruvayoor Kesavan to Malayalam films, and also about the elephant owners.

Dheeraj will instantly tell you that the heaviest Asian Elephant is Guruvayoor Nandan who weighs 7,500 kg. Of course at times his mom, Divya Nair helps in recalling some of these answers. Dheeraj plans to buy an elephant when he grows up.

Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA, congratulated him. NSS local union administrators and elephant owners once came home with bouquets.   

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