Dinuda not born on victory day

2014-05-09 02:39:30

The much awaited investigation report on how the baby elephant ‘Dinuda’ was included in an animal exchange programme, has revealed that the baby elephant had been born not on May 18, 2009 but eight months before Victory Day.

According to the report the director and the staff of the Zoological Gardens Department had been at fault in including the name of Dinuda on the list of animals for the exchange programme.     

The donation of the five-year-old baby elephant ‘Dinuda’, an elephant considered special as it was born on Victory Day (May 18, 2009), to a zoo in South Korea was halted due to the intervention of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Minister Jayaratne Herath said the Ministry’s approval was given to two elephants named ‘Anjali’ and ‘Udara’ to be included in the exchange programme, but not ‘Dinuda’.

“Two baby elephants named Anjali’ and ‘Udara’ were included in the animal exchange programme with my approval. It has been found that ‘Anjali’ had an infection near one cheek during the medical examination, and Department officers had decided to replace it with Dinuda, without considering the specialness of the elephant,” the minister said at  a media briefing.

Claiming that the present elephant naming system was wrong, the minister said the naming should be carried out in much more appropriate way.  “There are clearly faults in the naming system. However we won’t send Dinuda anywhere although she was born eight months before Victory Day.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa had given an order not to send her to a foreign zoo,” he said.

The minister said that some other animals would be sent to Korea as two lions and two Bengal tigers had already been brought to Sri Lanka from Korea under the exchange programme. “We have not yet been informed about the species that will be sent,” he said.

When asked what action would be taken against those found responsible for the error, he said he could not say. “There are administrative rules pertaining to each government department. Action will be taken against those found guilty according to those rules,” he said.

He said the ministry’s secretary had sent a circular to the Zoological Gardens Department and other departments that come under the Ministry, describing the new procedure to be followed when dealing with such matters in the future. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 7

  • De Silva Friday, 9 May 2014 03:03

    Alipotha has vanished.No body knows where it is.Has the depart punished the people who were responsible for it. Very strange.Did they ask the mother elephant when this one was born.

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    bobby Friday, 9 May 2014 03:10

    So now you can ship this poor creature to any place you want. what a country. if they face a roadblock they will just start an investigation then falsify the facts and then carry out what ever they wanted to do in the first place

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    Fraudster Friday, 9 May 2014 08:58

    Dinuda wont be much worried about the genuine or deliberate mistake on the birthday. via DM iPad app

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    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 9 May 2014 10:12

    So, then they have to change his name too because he was no longer born on "Dinu Da" (Victory Day)! At least now, it is high time they start computering the records of elephants as obviously some rogue has vanished with the Ali Potha.

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    Jackass Friday, 9 May 2014 10:38

    Well, at least its a good thing he was not named 'Velupillai' then, could not have been Thalaivar's rebirth!

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    dass Friday, 9 May 2014 11:21

    lies lies and more lies

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    mack Friday, 9 May 2014 17:59

    whats the going price for a baby elephant via DM Android App

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