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A three-year-old elephant that was washed away in the recent floods was found dead in a 15 ft tree in Habarana today. It is reported that the elephant was stuck on the tree for three days before its body was found. The level of water in the area was estimated to be 18 ft high. Pic by Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa


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Mahadana mutta Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:05
at least he died not been transported by the Department of Wildlife!
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Shirangika Friday, 14 January 2011 05:27
who knows????? did he have tusks before he died?????
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ajith Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:07
Terrible!!!Elephant stuck on tree branches.???
Does this mean that the water level was so high!!!
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DHA Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:17
OMG...!!!...
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Sampath samarakoon Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:24
Oh mygod...
So Sad..
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Ranjan Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:25
An Independent inquiry has to be held. The water level cannot be that high, unless there was a Tsunami. So someone has killed the elephant and placed it on top of a tree.
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Cobra Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:27
Wrong, Ranjan. I have seen old logs stuck on trees over 20 feet high brought about by floods during normal rainy season in the Kuruwita area. We did not see such a sight after the Tsunami!
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lovely Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:30
Yez Ranjan...... i bet you are trying to say MR and GR killed the elephant and placed him on the tree...... Get a life man...
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hope Friday, 14 January 2011 14:02
yep.., lovely,
people think even child births in th island plan by MR and GF
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Thilakarathne Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:40
Ranjan, are you mad or just out of your mind ??
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TMA Thursday, 13 January 2011 13:04
U can never get rid of that dirty habit. Trying 2 ridicule the opposition all the time
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Ravana Friday, 14 January 2011 03:29
A singular and very distressing lack of a sense of humor or even the perception of one, in all the replies !

Even more saddening than the death of an elephant calf.
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koplar Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:44
that can not be Ranjan. Its so sad to here that a baby Elephant died ....
but how did the elepahant come to a tree branch that is so high???????????????
btw is is terrible
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Madhavi Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:48
Oh My God its so sad
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shehan35 Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:51
Bad time for all elephants
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ami Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:25
You don't mean all those UNP'ers. Do you?
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TMA Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:52
Oh! poor baby :'(
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shanthapriya Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:05
poor baby elephant climbed to a tree for fear of floods has found dead.
u like a human being
feel so sad about u
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Ranil Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:12
Hmmmmmmm........
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Mohammed Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:16
Tree is very strong to hold a dead baby elephant.....
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Kelby Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:36
Before you worry about elephants, It's very much important to take care of the displaced people who are still held in the flooded camps.
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david Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:11
I think the elephant climbed the tree and was marooned there.LOL.
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sarath Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:44
This may be the first elephant in the world who died on a tree
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Tee Thursday, 13 January 2011 15:19
This should go to guinness book.
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hemantha Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:44
Does any body knows where are the tuskers of recently died jubo;s?
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Gayan Thursday, 13 January 2011 13:00
Yes Shehan you a right. Very bad time for elephants.
Kill for tusk, Kill for theft the baby elephant, Train crash, Shot by farmers, Shot by grama arakshaka, Dead by transportation and now dead from flood. The day last elephant vanish from Sri Lankan forest is not so far. No one want to bread elephants. at least tame elephants owners association. Elephants pregnancy pried is near two years. So their population increment is very low. we must take action now.
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JUNIOR CITIZEN Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:44
and what about due to intercine fighting , not wild or tamed but untamed two legged ones in Sirikotha
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RUshdi AL Ayad Thursday, 13 January 2011 13:11
a real Mystry 15 feet but how
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Basil Thursday, 13 January 2011 13:18
BAD TIME FOR THE ENTIRE NATION, ALL SRI LANKANS.
ITS TIME TO RELEASE GEN. FONSEKA.
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MagodisThuma Thursday, 13 January 2011 13:25
Old Disable Elephants pushed him to the cell !.
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JUNIOR CITIZEN Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:48
like frog in the well, Basil knows little about what's happening in the world
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RW Friday, 14 January 2011 05:11
netta pitin Elephant on top though dead !
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josh Thursday, 13 January 2011 16:17
feel so sorry for this baby elephant...
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upul apura Thursday, 13 January 2011 16:18
As journalist you have done wonderful job .well done kanchana
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mohmd Thursday, 13 January 2011 16:52
Asia Aashcharya!!!
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nimal gune Thursday, 13 January 2011 18:35
this is one of the most amazing pics i have ever seen. how can a relatively small tree hold such weight? wow.. im amazed.
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Nantha Thursday, 13 January 2011 20:14
Bad one :(
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Sam Friday, 14 January 2011 00:48
I bet the elephant purposely committed suicide, to put the blame on Wildlife Dept.
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chinthaka Friday, 14 January 2011 03:14
harima dukai..............:)
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Angel Friday, 14 January 2011 04:48
Symbolic of the plight of all the 'elephant' party members. Time has come to die or depart!
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Lanke Banda Friday, 14 January 2011 05:18
Common no one would be expected to lift an Elephant Grown or Baby 15 ft high. Brothers this is all about Natural Disasters and its Calamities.
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Phantina Friday, 14 January 2011 19:59
poor elephant... so sad... she must have been so scared and not known what to do ....................... poor thing.. elephants have fears too.... how sad....
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ishaq Sunday, 16 January 2011 03:38
wooooow.this is a first time.elephant on the tree.
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madara Monday, 17 January 2011 02:08
dear ele, I can't even imagine how your tender mind beared up the pain and fear of death. I cant even imagine how your mother bear up the sorrow of your loss. I feel like you represent all the young and tender animals and even human children who died in floods and tsunami. May you rest in peace .May you never ever face such a trgedy in sansara!
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