THRISSUR: An elephant identified as Erattupetta Ayyappan collapsed during the Ilanjithara melam, a unique event held during the Thrissur Pooram.
The incident happened during the procession at Paramekavu. Doctors attended on him said the elephant collapsed due to severe heat.
It got up after cold water was poured on its body and was later shifted to a safe place.
The melam was stopped for some time.