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Ministry orders inquiry over abandoned jumbo with gunshot injuries

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The Wildlife Ministry yesterday ordered for an investigation into the incident where an elephant was found with gunshot injuries in Gomarankadawala, Trincomalee had been left without treatment by Wildlife Conservation Department officials claiming the injury was incurable.

Wildlife Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma told Daily Mirror that this elephant was found with gunshot injuries in January, 2018 and the wildlife officials claimed that it could not be cured and had to let the animal die.

“The villagers did not allow that to happen and started treating and feeding the elephant daily. A village monk and some foreigners too had joined hands to this cause and raised funds to treat the wounded animal. Pathetically, the wildlife officials did not take any initiative to feed the pachyderm for the past five months until mid-May,” he said.

“The department’s medical personnel have only administered a few injections to the injured elephant,” he added.

“I got to know this issue from a villager when I posted on social media to revert to me about issues related to elephants in the country. I visited the place yesterday to inquire about it. The elephant was in a critical condition and it had a very rare chance of surviving. Such incidents should not happen in the future,” the deputy minister said.

He said that he had ordered the department to conduct an investigation into this matter and to take necessary action against its officials concerned.

Meanwhile, Wildlife Conservation Department Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara told Daily Mirror that he had ordered for an audit to probe into this incident in order to determine whether the department’s officials had neglected their duties. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

 

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  • ANTON Friday, 18 May 2018 10:41 AM

    PRIOR TO THAT , THEY ARE FOCUSING ATTENTION ON MENTALLY INJURED JUMBOS IN DIYAWANNAVA.

    K shantha Friday, 18 May 2018 11:02 AM

    BORU SHOW MAKER

    Saman Friday, 18 May 2018 12:55 PM

    Let them to do their job properly.All boru shows we have seen to date by all ministries man.

    WTF Friday, 18 May 2018 01:20 PM

    BETTER BORU SHOW THAN NO SHOW

    Mohamed Nazir Friday, 18 May 2018 12:13 PM

    he is a gentleman. Always behind the truth and helps the people without showing any difference unlike any other minister. So thieves must be angry on his move and that is normal

    DHA Friday, 18 May 2018 01:14 PM

    Though this guy may behave badly there are some quality which he poses are highly commendable....hats off to you Sir

    Sambo Friday, 18 May 2018 01:34 PM

    Thank you for your concern of the wild life. They also should live as we do. Please implement your strict action on these maters as we trust you and your words.

    Lal.Fernando. Saturday, 19 May 2018 04:11 AM

    After reading this article , I was shocked , some body going to conduct an audit into the incident. What a idiot is he? Get this poor animal looked into, treat him if cannot be treated euthinase him, and investigate how, why and who has caused this injury, if found do not worry about court proceedings , just shoot the perpetrators.This type of incidents really shows, where this beautiful Island is heading to wards.


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