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An elephant at the Pinnawela elephant orphanage died under tragic circumstances, allegedly due to injuries caused by its caretakers’ spear, an official said today.

Two mahouts and an Animal Protection Officer at the Orphanage were suspended from service following the death of the elephant at the orphanage, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Director S. Gunaratne said.

Last November the same elephant ‘Neelagiri’ had been injured by spear strikes from several other mahouts, initial investigations revealed.  (Karunaratne Atukorala, Rohana Kumara)

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  • ashan Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:30 AM

    In a country that even underage girls at orphanages are raped what good we can expect??

    This is a buddhist country... So be it....

    malkanthi Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:33 AM

    SL is a buddhist nation, but Hinsawa at the highest level!

    Bandu Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:33 AM

    Buddhist monks are not magicians to stop all kind of issues. It is the responsibility of every individual to protect our country attractions.

    Over the Top Monday, 17 January 2011 03:43 PM

    What a sad day for animal lovers.

    citizen1 Tuesday, 18 January 2011 05:53 AM

    Suspension is too mild a punishment for such an odious crime. What they need is some spear treatment themselves.

    paul Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:01 AM

    As a previous comment stated, this is an act punishable under the endangered species act. The persons responsible for killing this majestic and helpless creature should be punished to the maximum under the law!

    What sort of perverted mindset must one have to cause such pain and torture to an innocent beast who depends on you for love and care?

    Shame on us Sri Lankans if we turn a blind eye to this incident!

    Pottuvil putha Monday, 17 January 2011 03:56 PM

    This is a money making venture more than a orphanage. The way these animals are kept, fed, treated is a disgrace.

    SpaceCab Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:21 AM

    Yes they should ban elephants at religious ceremonies as well. These poor animals are tortured under the pretext of religion. Just go to Gana ramaya temple and see the state of the elephant there.

    Tharindu Muthukumarn Wednesday, 19 January 2011 02:50 AM

    A legal action should be taken against the mahouts that are responsible of murdering the elephant. so it would be lesson to other mahouts in the entire country.

    Ajith Monday, 17 January 2011 04:20 PM

    Probably the worst country for elephants. So sad. I wish the sadists in our country will understand the agony of poor animals!

    Gonaglegodbanda Monday, 17 January 2011 04:34 PM

    From the Director of the Orphanage should be hung before all the other elephants!! cause elephants have good memory power!!! this is a heinous crime!!!!

    malkanthi Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:39 AM

    If the preaching cannot transform lives, what's the use?

    Faqi Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:43 AM

    Its time we in Sri Lanka take a scientific approach for the conservation of wild life, mainly our elephant population as being done in some of the more advanced African countries. The old methods employed by uneducated mahouts with no scientific training should be done away with and trained animal conservationists and veterinarians should be employed by the wild life department.

    Siri Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:47 AM

    Wise words at last!

    Siri Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:01 AM

    I would urge the friends and even relatives of the torturers to completely disown these scum of the earth who showed such inhumane behaviour for the rest of their lives. And the govt. should meter out the maximum penalty, if it still claims this to be a Buddhist country - the champions foremost in Ahimsa. For, not even a kid tourist can be kidded anymore with so much suffering being dished out to the animals.

    Nalaka Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:13 AM

    Sorry Kalu Kolla - Those were the pariahs of mankind called TAMIL TIGERS which deserved to be exterminated. Looks like a few have escaped though

    echoasma Wednesday, 19 January 2011 05:24 AM

    Its fitting that the guys responsible should be given a similar treatment. A week ago colleagues of mine and I had a very pleasant day with them and scores of pics. I just cannot understand how we could do this to these gentle giants!!

    adahan Tuesday, 18 January 2011 07:15 AM

    Consideration given to humans should take precedence over any other creatures whether it belongs the endangered species like the elephant especially when conflict takes between animal and human. Of course there is a reason for the mahouts to use spears against the elephants.

    Thas Monday, 17 January 2011 09:57 PM

    Sri Lankans know only to kill, even the poor animanls are not spared.

    jagath Monday, 17 January 2011 09:58 PM

    We can't wait untill government take the action ,we may loose this valuble animal in all the cultural religuos and all other aspects of our life.Pls lets get together and organise to protect them for our children.

    mackey Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:42 AM

    Backazzwards hillrods. It never ends.

    willows Tuesday, 18 January 2011 08:22 AM

    these caretakers should be hung???

    Kalu Kolla Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:20 AM

    These are same bastards from the same bastard race that killed their own countrymen. So why are you surprised sinhalaya???

    Dakshina Tuesday, 18 January 2011 02:17 AM

    Helpless animal cruelty in the hands of caretakers. Pinnawala is a world famous icon and the publicity this has given would not help its image and SL tourism industry in general.

    R.A.Ratwatte Tuesday, 18 January 2011 02:28 AM

    Pinnawela is an ORPHANAGE in the worst meaning of that word ! The animals are given token care but no provision is made to accomodate the wonderful intelligence and curiosity of these animals.

    This is all due to mismanagement and turning this into a money making venture with the well being of the animal being secondary.

    glwking Monday, 17 January 2011 12:45 PM

    It's not the good time for the elephants these days.

    hemantha Monday, 17 January 2011 12:46 PM


    Shan Shin Monday, 17 January 2011 12:48 PM

    Sri Lanka has already slipped into a Violent country.. Very pathetic.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 17 January 2011 12:49 PM

    Is this what happened to UNP as well?

    Oyage Sudu Kella Monday, 17 January 2011 12:51 PM

    Paaaaaaavam appah !

    animal lover Tuesday, 18 January 2011 03:23 AM

    These mahouts should be kicked out

    Razor Blade Monday, 17 January 2011 01:01 PM

    Elephant population is declining fast. Government must use 2/3 majority (power) to curb the situation.

    sinhalaya Monday, 17 January 2011 01:03 PM

    For god sake this is an orphanage to Elephants. If they are killed by the same caretakers who is supposed to look after them. these people should be SHOT.

    Konde bendapu china Monday, 17 January 2011 01:04 PM

    Wetah Niyarath Goyam Ka Nam Kata Kiyannada

    Don Tuesday, 18 January 2011 09:43 AM

    cruelty to animals, agree with willows...

    Somawansa A Monday, 17 January 2011 01:08 PM

    This is outrageous, grave failure of the administration. As always there are scapegoats.

    knight rider Tuesday, 18 January 2011 03:40 AM

    Another innocent elephant "KILLED" by care takers....bad time for Sri Lankan Elephants

    Arugam Bay Monday, 17 January 2011 01:20 PM

    What suspension it is a punishable under the endangered species Act!!! All 3 of them must be remanded by a Magistrate!!!

    Okay Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:05 AM

    The three human creatures who inflicted such suffering on this poor elephant should feel the full extent of the law, imprisoned and subjected to hard labour. Why are people who do not care or have any feeling for animals employed to look after animals? Are people responsible for hiring help to look after animals so stupid as to employ any and every one?

    Bandu Monday, 17 January 2011 01:43 PM

    We are loosing elephants at a rate. Shouldn't we have a proper plan to protect these fellows which will help in tourism too? Now I know why we are looking at Camels.

    Lankan Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:10 AM

    Those responsible for this tragic incident should be banned from ever being in a position of power over our animals... Sri Lanka as a country does not do enough to protect our animals. Just because they have not voice people should not think animals are expendable... Specially if we are opening our shores to foreign tourists we have to make sure our natural assets are protected... shameful!!

    DHA Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:16 AM

    Disaster.....disaster all around......!!!

    malkanthi Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:17 AM

    Most of the mahouts are drunkards! Not animal lovers!

    lj0435 Wednesday, 19 January 2011 12:13 AM

    Go back to the hole you crawled out of

    lj0435 Wednesday, 19 January 2011 12:16 AM


    namal Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:22 AM

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Siri Monday, 17 January 2011 02:23 PM

    What goes on behind closed doors in the name of 'protection' , only the offenders and victims know. What a tragic life for the victims though, whose bodies are mere 'objects' for the sadist, a product of the Dharmadveepaya.

    THE UNDER TAKER Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:45 AM


    gavfla Tuesday, 18 January 2011 04:54 AM

    I thought Sri Lanka was a buddhist nation!!! wonder what all those buddhist monks are preaching???

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