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A tusker, who was being transported by the Wildlife Department to be released, died after the bottom of the lorry the elephant was being transported broke and the leg of the elephant got stuck suffocating the tusker. Several attempts made to free the elephant by the officials were unsuccessful. Pix by Hiran Priyankara

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  • Justice For All Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:35 AM

    The official should be charged with criminal negligance and sent to jail.

    Mr. President we need your help....................otherwise we will call Mr Mervin ....

    Senaka Wickramasingh Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:24 PM

    Mr Prez, please investigate. This is highly suspicious. This is not the way to transport such a huge animal.

    Prem Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:21 PM

    I agree too. Must investigate.

    gamini Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:20 PM

    Can't we do anything right anymore ??

    pinnawela Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:18 PM

    I hope this is not a big time hunting excercise that got revealed with such lame excusees.

    Knight Ryder Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:04 PM

    Is this how the wild life dept takes care of this innocent endangered specified which we harp so much about to lure the tourist Sad !!!

    lankaputha Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:01 PM

    Why I still can see a Metal chain across the trunk. They even didn't release it, and saying they tried to save the animal. Highly suspicious. Who will get the tusks?

    TMA Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:56 AM

    MayB sum big shot was targetting the tusks from thr begining

    Chamara Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:51 AM

    This is an utter crime. A majestic yet innocent animal made to suffer and have a slow and painful death.
    Shame...Shame….may the responsible for this be severely punished!

    Jayantha Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:42 AM

    What a crime.

    Dee Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:59 PM

    Sad state of affairs. state departments have no funds for maintenance. but millions wasted on pomp and pagentry . we will see the repucussions of these careless acts very soon.

    Appuhami Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:17 AM


    willows Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:09 AM

    wild life dept. should be disbanded, the way they have treated this majestic animal, it is shame shame shame, any body going to take the responsibility I guess none????

    Janaka Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:01 AM

    Who is responsible for this?, these shouldn’t be repeated in the future.

    Roshan Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:59 AM

    This is murder. The people responsible should be punished for their negligence.

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:56 AM


    shanthapriya Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:54 AM


    Asa Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:50 AM

    this is crime..... paw eka

    Senna Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:49 AM

    It is sad , it is real incompetence of the responsible , they should be punished heavily.

    Muditha Thursday, 25 November 2010 03:58 AM

    Shouldn't there be regulations for animal transportation? Why did they put that massive fellow on a truck that was so obviously in bad shape? Why wasn't he taken by foot? What a shame??? Such a beautifful animal that was murdered through the carelessness of the authorities... Wild life department should have better control of situations like this or we will not have any more wild life left..

    ayomid Friday, 26 November 2010 08:34 AM

    Former Minister of Environment Mr. Champika Ranawaka said that he made the Environment Ministry a profit making venture.But the wildlife department has no proper trucks for transporting elephants or animals.

    Kosala Friday, 26 November 2010 08:31 AM

    What a shame on you so called experts of Wild Life Dept. and what a loss to the gene pool of Sri Lankan elephant community. This is not a loss of anly one Tusker. The chance of more tuskers generated as offsprings of this majestic animal too is lost.
    What do you have to say about this so called protectors of Wild Life in Sri Lanka, How many Elephants have been killed in the process of capturing and relocation. Are you going to be more concerned towards wild life.

    kk anushka Thursday, 25 November 2010 05:52 PM

    Stupid wild life department can only do such a things. All the government sectors are like that. Stupid people get the handle all the departments including police.

    lankan Thursday, 25 November 2010 08:40 AM

    So the leg got stuck and that suffocated the elephant?? Last I checked elephants do not breathe through their legs! What a load of crap.

    Indika Thursday, 25 November 2010 08:32 AM

    So, what action is going to be taken ? Any Investigation by the department or by the Ministry ?

    cheche Thursday, 25 November 2010 07:00 AM

    was this tusker a domesticated one or a wild elephant???

    sanju de silva Thursday, 25 November 2010 06:48 AM

    the outrage is established. now can we have the explanation. why did this go wrong ? shouldn't those responsible for this disaster be brought to justice. i believe killing an elephant is a crime in this country. surely the killing of such a magnificent beast is a massive crime. Dr Prasad and and the department of wild life must answer the question. why did this happen. broken planks and suffocation sounds like sheer incompetence.

    TMA Thursday, 25 November 2010 04:57 AM

    I doubt if it's really few

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:48 AM



    gona Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:39 PM

    Terrible, those responsible should be shot

    Nanda Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:17 PM

    This is the worst ever incident about the stupid action taken by the wild life Dept.The Hon President Please take action against the culprits

    Rohana Konara Wednesday, 24 November 2010 05:51 PM

    This blunder done by authorities of Wildlife department. Therefore Wildlife department should get the responsibility,

    Api Walata! Wednesday, 24 November 2010 05:16 PM

    when the elephant was taken from the captured spot he was near the cockpit of the lorry secured by ropes.but without a platform for him to get off how has he come to the rear end of the lorry!!! to me this is very suspicious!

    rizan Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:13 PM

    What a sad story. A beautiful creature lost his life because the neglect of our people. Using a stupid truck with old rotten wood at the bottom to transport 5 ton animal??? do these people not think?????

    Yonster Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:09 PM

    Crying shame though this is, there is nothing that can be done for this fallen pachyderm. However, what do we do to save these majestic beasts in the future? The so-called guardians seem to be failing, and in this case actually contributing to their extermination. A task-force perhaps? Maybe a "professional" with experience in this type of conservation? There are actual success stories in Africa. Could we draw some lessons from them? There are individuals all over Sri Lanka who actually love wildlife and would gladly volunteer their time and effort. Let's not look back at the mistakes, but learn from them and do something constructive with the future.

    Hiram Wednesday, 24 November 2010 02:21 PM

    Shame ! Shame ! Shame ! I hope the responsible people will be brought to task.

    Menaka Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:21 PM

    Really shame on you..Wild life Department! They proved once again they are incapable and inefficient in taking care of these four legged giants!

    dharmesh Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:07 AM

    An Elephant shouldnt b moved back first - it panics if it is not movin head did they even load the animal into the vehicle, and why was a wild elephant bein transported without being sedated? who is responsible for this?

    Ram Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:28 AM

    What a crime
    I think the person who handle it did a big mistake, or he is not qualified to do this.

    shiran Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:23 AM

    Shame on the officials ... such a rare majestic animal suffered and died in vain... an inquiry is a must..

    Ajith Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:22 AM


    herath Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:19 AM

    Sri Lankan elephants are true Sri lankan and they must be given citizen status and thereof fair treatment.

    Dev Wijewardane Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:19 AM

    this is the bloody wildlife department at its best. First they put a damn road through wilpattu and now they kill a tusker. sheer incompetence in my opinion.

    lalith Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:18 AM

    Poor animal! Those responsible for the death of animal should be punished.

    Shan Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:13 AM

    Let animals be in their places, Don't become animalistic by harming the wild life

    high rated Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:09 AM

    pair of tusks should kept in museum after public display depicting stupidity of whoever is responsible.

    Said Hussein Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:29 AM

    All those responsible must be penalised. A beautiful Tusker has been destroyed as a result of poor planning on the transporting method used for the Elephant.

    Said Hussein

    milinda ratnayake Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:04 AM

    I guess someone wanted a pari of "TUSK" great way to obtain them cheap to.

    high rated Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:58 AM

    Transporting an elephant is a simple operation. but its a FBI heavy task to see where the pair of tusks goes.

    mallie Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:54 AM

    Its a good lesson to two-legged variety who transport themselves from green to blue camps and vice-versa. Their legs too can get stuck with so many people on old cabinet floor.

    Ravana Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:51 AM

    Why are not knowledgeable people with practical experience consulted ?

    What a particularly beautiful animal...what a needless waste !

    TMA Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:48 AM

    Anyone can realize that the vehicle is not enough 2 transport an animal this big

    Matara Animal lover Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:44 AM

    Recently there were several instances where Elephants were transported from one area to another. Apart from the cumbersome and inhumane methods used, the loss of a great creature is a disaster. The Wild Life Dept should at least be equipped with ONE specially adapted tough vehicle . This could be easily financed if the govt sacrificed few 4 x 4 vehicles for Ministers.

    Chands Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:42 AM

    Now this is A GOOD EXAMPLE of poor planning and animal cruelty. Whoever, who was involved in planning this must be taken to task.
    Are the wild life officials doing the strength calculations qualified or has the clearance been given for the load factor by the engineers.
    This type of work must stop immediately.

    ransam Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:37 AM

    What a majestic creature. Really sad. Who is responsible? No one seems to care.

    Lokuputha Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:56 AM

    Govt is not worried because it was an 'elephant' - they'll be rather happy! 'Moda minissuge - moda chinthanaval...'

    Gajaba Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:44 AM

    What a majestic Tusker.Very suspicious the way in which this excercise has been conducted. Who is responsible

    Pissu Poos Raja Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:42 AM

    Please take action against the ignorant offices in the wild life department

    thaminda Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:38 AM

    Really sad, wonder if this was this planned to remove the tusks. Who will be held responsible for the death of this majestic tusker?

    k911 Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:32 AM

    our country is so blessed with all the natural resources. Few people and their freak mentality breaking into pieces.

    Neil Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:28 AM

    Can we give the similar treatment to the culprits too..Over to you Hon Minister for ACTION......

    nadi Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:15 AM

    Are you telling me those authorities have no clue how to move an elephant safely from one place to another, in the first place how did they end up working with elephants..?

    wahoo Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:10 AM

    What Incompetence ! damn shame.......

    TMA Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:06 AM

    Come again...Did we hav the gr8est environment minister ever?

    suresh Wednesday, 24 November 2010 08:36 AM

    What a crime. An innocent and endangered animal dies due to the ineptness of the Wildlife Department! Shame on you people

    Nihal Fernando Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:55 AM

    high rated,
    I do agree with you 100%.

    Maqs Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:51 AM


    namal Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:46 AM

    another icon of sri lankan wilds has passed away. We have lost a national treasure.

    V.D.Jayawardene Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:45 AM

    What a majestic animal.The wild Life Officials tried do do a good turn to release the animal to the jungle when this enexpected incident had occured.

    Ruhunu Puthra Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:44 AM

    A great loss. The vehicle looks awfully inadequate for the animal.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:38 AM

    Very very pathetic such a majestic animal! Tuskers are transported in such poor condition vehicles? Stupid authorities! So now begins the fight on its Tusks.

    nadi Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:36 AM

    Sadly I agree with you.

    Pawlpakse Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:36 AM

    Elephant supporters are harrased and killed. Now even elephants are killed.

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