Elephant calf stayed by its dying mother till the end

2016-03-03 07:04:54

From Palugaswewa, Elapathwewa in Horowpothana comes a report of an elephant calf who had stayed with its mother for a number of days until Wildlife officers arrived to attend to her after it was injured as a result of coming into contact with an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED), more commonly known locally as a Hakkapatas trap.

Veterinary Surgeon Chandana Jayasinghe had led a team that had arrived at the scene after being alerted about the condition in which the mother elephant was in by area residents. However, even after they arrived the seven-year-old elephant calf had refused to budge from the side of its mother which was around twenty-five years old. This had made it extremely difficult for the Veterinary Surgeon to treat the elephant which had ultimately cost the animal its life although they were finally able to start treating it after getting the calf to move away from its mother.

Dr. Chandana explained that due to the extensive damage done to its internal organs as a result of the IED or Hakkapatas, they were unable to save the she elephant.

Finally the wildlife officers were able to chase the elephant calf into the forest. (Pathum Dharshana-Horowpothana)

  Comments - 8

  • G.M. Jayawardena Thursday, 3 March 2016 11:43

    Why there is no law for animals rights to investigate this incident and to bring the culprits to the justice. If the person is prosecuted and punished the killing animals with this way may reduce.

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    RK Thursday, 3 March 2016 12:09

    The wildlife officers have arrived at the scene after "number of days" only. If they were prompt at the scene the she elephant could have been saved.

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    dham Thursday, 3 March 2016 12:09

    Really good example for new generation via DM Android App

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    Akh Thursday, 3 March 2016 12:24

    Chased the calf in to the forest ? Would you do that to a seven year old child. Why didn't you bring him to aath athuru sewana?

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    Htb3 Thursday, 3 March 2016 13:21

    Such sad news authorities should do something against such traps. Another calf orphaned. Wonder what will happen to her. via DM Android App

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    Ajja Thursday, 3 March 2016 13:57

    This shows the extent of cruelty of man towards animal.He too should die in similar circumstance.l

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    Ray Thursday, 3 March 2016 15:13

    If you lived in a mud hut near the forests with no protection from wildlife how would you counter a wild elephant attack? This is the way PEOPLE SURVIVE in those areas... It is easier to talk about animal cruelty from the comforts of your homes. via DM iOS App

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    Sickhead Thursday, 3 March 2016 17:45

    Who has the right to kill the majestic elephants of this country. Them living in mud huts is not the elephants problem.

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