Elephany Boy
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Toomai of the Elephants by John Lockwood Kipling (Rudyard's father)

Real Name


First Appearance

Toomai of the Elephants (1893)

Originally Serialized in

St Nicholas Magazine (December 1893)

Created by

Rudyard Kipling


Little Toomai was a young boy whose father Big Toomai was the driver of an elphant named Kala Nag (which means Black Snake). One day, Kala Nag heard a call from a far-away wild elephant, and he takes up Little Toomai on his trunk and sets off for an adventure.


  • It was first published in St Nicholas Magazine (December 1893) and later reprinted in the collection of Kipling short stories, The Jungle Book (1894).
  • The story was filmed in 1937 as Elephant Boy directed by Robert J. Flaherty and Zoltan Korda starring Sabu Dastagir.
  • In 1950, the publisher Fox Feature Syndicate published the comic book series Sabu, Elephant Boy, the comic book was loosely inspired by Toomai of the Elephants.

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