Tusker Deega Danthu-I gone missing in fear of drug injection: Minister

28 June 2018 11:45 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Nine teams led by 50 wildlife officers conducted a special search operation in the Kala Wewa National Park to locate the Tusker Deega Danthu-I which had run away in fear of drug injections after being found with gunshot injuries, Wildlife Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma today said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror the Deputy Minister said he had also joined the team in search of the elephant.

“The team had gone into the forest reserve about 12 kilometres following the tusker’s footprints. The teams finally managed to locate the tusker at the upper forest area near the Wellagala temple in the National Park,” he said.

He said he had requested Special Task Force (STF) to have 50 officers to join the search operation, but they had turned down the request.

Meanwhile, Galkiriyagama Wildlife Warden D. Ranasinghe said all the teams went into the forest reserve last morning following the footsteps of the elephant.

“The tusker could not be found after last Wednesday (20) and did not know what had happened to him and the operation was launched accordingly,” he said.

“The Kala Wewa National Park owns a land area of 21,690 hectares. It is very hard to find the elephant in such a large forest reserve. Deega Danthu-I’s footprints have found mixed with more elephant footprints and it shows that the elephant must have joined a herd,” Mr. Ranasinghe added.

He said a medical team would put the tusker under anesthesia and treat to its wound after finding him.

The Deega Danthu-I, one of the elephants with the longest tusks roaming the Kala Wewa National Park, was found with gunshot injuries on June 11. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 4

  • Ram Friday, 29 June 2018 04:23 AM

    In the modern world tracking devices are available and if one was implanted when the Tusker was last treated they could have located the Tusker within minutes. If this can be passed to the Minister it may help in the future activity

    carlos Friday, 29 June 2018 09:53 AM

    Elementary dear Watsonelementary

    Homosapien Friday, 29 June 2018 06:32 AM

    Why the same eagerness is not their to catch the criminals who shoot at elephants.... minister playing double game.

    Lawry Friday, 29 June 2018 08:17 AM

    Deputy Minister we compliment you for your genuine efforts. You will inspire others too.Yes modern technology will help. People are tracked with mere mobile phones these days.

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