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Jumbo survives Hakka Patas explosion

4 March 2011 08:23 am - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A wild elephant lying with serious injuries caused by an illegal hunting device called Hakka Patas laid by a poacher in Nanattan area in Mannar, was handed over to the Udawalawa Elephant Transit Home for treatment.

 Wildlife Conservation Officers in Vavuniya who rushed to the scene immediately with several officers from the Vanni Security Forces Headquarters called the Department’s Veterinary Unit. Four Veterinary Surgeons provided continual treatment for two days to save the life of the jumbo. However they decided to take it to the Udawalawa Elephant Transit Home for further treatment. The Wildlife Conservation Officers said it was the only wild elephant that ever survived a Hakka Patas explosion. Pics by Romesh Madusanka

  Comments - 21

  • Cyril Alwis Friday, 04 March 2011 08:58 AM

    It is great to see how our people love elephants. We must preserve our majestic anmials. Sri Lankan`s asset and those who destroy them must be severely punished.


    INSANE Friday, 04 March 2011 08:56 AM

    inhuman is not even a word to describe such dastardly acts of these uneducated nincompoops

    willows Friday, 04 March 2011 09:09 AM

    will he survive the journey???? I sincerely hope so

    sherlock holmes Friday, 04 March 2011 09:09 AM

    Terrorism of the wild. these poor creatures are becoming extinct in asia due ignorance and greed, shame on those who crave for animal accessories.

    Handipora Friday, 04 March 2011 09:12 AM

    These officers, wildlife and the armed forces should be blessed with eternal bliss for the meritorious act of saving this poor animal from the claws of death by the acts of inhuman humans who had laid the 'hakka-patas'

    kenny_fdo Friday, 04 March 2011 09:15 AM

    should make the people who do this stuff swallow it and see how it feels.

    wiven Friday, 04 March 2011 09:10 AM

    sooooooo cruel people.....

    Jumbo Lover Friday, 04 March 2011 09:21 AM

    This is just SICK. How insane a person is to inflict such injury to a majestic animal. This creature must be going through a lot of pain ans suffering and in addition must be starving. This is really cruel

    Hong Kong Banda Friday, 04 March 2011 09:28 AM

    Hats off for the officers for doing a job on time.

    Tuan Friday, 04 March 2011 09:39 AM

    These fellows will suffer in this world and then in hell. Wonder how they would feel if someone broke their jaws!

    john Friday, 04 March 2011 09:35 AM

    waht a sad story, need more action from the government, impose very strict lows against crualty to animals.

    Indi Friday, 04 March 2011 09:38 AM

    Have no words to say how cruel the 'Human' animal. For those who do this kind of things, capital punishment should be given. These innocent Elephants would never harm humans, as far as humans are not invading their lands.
    Can you imagine how much pain this innocent animal is bearing ??

    Mohan Friday, 04 March 2011 09:49 AM

    President must intervene and Defence Ministry must moblise army to get rid of this cruel , inhuman things from people. I cant belive we live in a land where compassion is preached daily.

    Faqi Friday, 04 March 2011 09:49 AM

    Who ever did this should be utterly ashamed of himself. I hope they are caught and brought to justice for doing such a dastardly thing to a wild animal. How horrible to do such cruel and nasty stuff to a magnificent creature the pride of Lanka.

    True is here Friday, 04 March 2011 09:44 AM

    human animal's work,who ever did like this , government have to hang and kill them instantly........

    TMA Friday, 04 March 2011 09:47 AM

    This is heartbreaking. Whoever did this shud eat hakka patas in hell

    Mohottige Friday, 04 March 2011 10:09 AM

    How can these poachers be so cruel to use these kind of torture weapons? How can they at all think that they have the right to kill on of the ever dwindling number of Sri Lanka´s Elephants?
    Find out who he behind and sentence them to a number of years in prison so people learn that illegally killing wild life have serious consequences!

    DHA Friday, 04 March 2011 10:03 AM

    sooooo sad.....what a terrible way of hunting method...Gov should ban this type of hunting method......a tough punishment to the culprits will everyone a good lesson......

    lasantha Saturday, 05 March 2011 12:29 AM


    Sam Friday, 04 March 2011 10:09 AM

    terrible !!! we pride ourselves as a Buddhist country with 'maithri' to every living being and this is what we do.

    Sherman G. de Silva Friday, 04 March 2011 10:40 AM

    Bestiality of humans at its best. When will rural folk put an end to this horrendous practice? Anyway, thank you Conservation Officers for your care!

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